Today, DroneDeploy, a start-up poised to make farms and other businesses significantly more efficient, launches its mobile app and announced it will be compatible with one of the world’s most popular drones.
“With DroneDeploy a drone can be easily told to fly on autopilot over a farmer’s fields. Shortly after the drone lands a farmer will already be able to review the maps and data gathered by the drone. With NDVI data, a farmer can what portions of his fields are healthy, and what portions aren’t.
He can then download a geotagged image out of DroneDeploy and upload that into his usual farming software to apply a dose of fertilizer to only the area of his field that is in need.” The software steers the drone, maps a path, stitches the collected data into a map, and visualizes the new image on a tablet.
See more in this article.
Real-time sensing, streaming and analysis, 1 step closer.
During the winter, we have put together a 5-node soil moisture sensor network with arduino boards, raspberry pis, solar panels and soil moisture sensors to monitor region based soil moisture distribution. Currently, we are in beta testing indoors, and plan to deploy outdoors once the ground is thawed (likely mid/end April 2015).
Arduino soil moisture sensor network
Silvia Nittel is on the editorial board of the new open access journal “Open Geospatial Data, Software and Standards” by Springer.
Open Geospatial Data, Software and Standards provides an advanced forum for the science and technology of open data, crowdsourced information, and sensor web through the publication of reviews and regular research papers. The journal publishes articles that address issues related, but not limited to, the analysis and processing of open geo-data, standardization and interoperability of open geo-data and services, as well as applications based on open geo-data. The journal is also meant to be a space for theories, methods and applications related to crowdsourcing, volunteered geographic information, as well as Sensor Web and related topics.
And another semester is coming to a close…. Some students graduated and are moving on, most of us are just ready for a break, and so we had a holiday social at Blaze on Monday with whoever of the faculty and graduate students could make it.
It was another exceptional Indian summer weekend here in Maine, and we got a small group together to go for another, this time much longer hike, in Camden Hills State Park. Up Maiden Cliff, over to Ridge Trail, over the shady Jack Williams trail towards the little steep hike up to Ocean Viewpoint, and back to Mount Battie and the toll road. 5h later everyone was ready for a chilled beer. (with Mark Plummer, Susan Plummer, Shirly Stevens, Chitra, Erica, Helen Chaggaris, Xueying Gu, Maohui Zheng, Liping Yang, Haifei Chen and Henghan Li)