At AirWorks this week, DJI has said it is looking to set a new standard for easy-to-use agricultural drone applications with the launch of the P4 Multispectral.
The manufacturer has described it as the world’s first fully integrated multispectral imaging drone designed for precision agriculture and environmental management.
It combines data from six sensors to measure the health of crops, from individual plants to entire fields, as well as weeds, insects and a variety of soil conditions.
The device which is easily fitted on to the Phantom 4, provides farmers and agronomists with a new tool to improve crop yields, cut costs and helps environmental professionals easily monitor vegetation on the land they manage.
Jan Gasparic, director of Strategic Partnerships at DJI, commented: “P4 Multispectral has the promise to transform the agriculture and land management industries by collecting precise plant-level data without having to send personnel into the field for manual surveys.”
Adding: “By combining multispectral imaging into a trusted, efficient and affordable tool, DJI is making this transformative technology more accessible to professionals around the world who are pioneering the adoption of drones in their industries.”
P4 Multispectral features a gimbal-stabilized imaging system composed of one RGB camera and a multispectral camera array with five narrow band sensors – including red edge and near infrared – that are capable of capturing visible and invisible light.
This data gives professionals in the field unique insights into vegetation stress, soil composition as well as water salinity and contamination.
An additional integrated spectral sunlight sensor maximizes the accuracy and consistency of data collection during missions flown at different times of day.
Integration into the DJI Ground Station Pro flight planning app then allows pilots to switch between real-time views of the drone’s RGB video camera and Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) output for immediate insights while in the field.
An integrated RTK positioning module and TimeSync system support real-time, accurate positioning data for each image, optimizing photogrammetric results and providing centimeter-level accurate measurements.
The P4 Multispectral is compatible with standard industry workflows including flight programming, mapping, and analytics software from DJI and other leading providers.
Data collected can be imported into DJI Terra or a suite of third-party software including Pix4D Mapper and DroneDeploy, for analysis and to generate additional vegetation index maps. In addition, P4 Multispectral users can enhance the accuracy of RTK positioning without an internet connection by using DJI’s D-RTK 2 High-Precision GNSS Mobile Station, which supports all major global satellite navigation systems, or using a third-party network RTK via an iPad with an internet connection.
DJI confirmed that the P4 Multispectral would be available in October through authorized DJI Enterprise dealers worldwide.
The P4 Multispectral costs $6,499 and comes with a 1-year free license to DJI Terra (Basic) Windows software and a 1-year free license to DJI GS Pro (Team-Professional) iPad app.
Customers can also purchase the P4 Multispectral with the D-RTK 2 Mobile Base Station for a total of $9,100 USD.
All purchases of a P4 Multispectral in the United States, Canada, China, Australia, Japan, United Kingdom and the European Union will also get a 1-year Enterprise Shield Basic coverage on their new drone.