US: Distributor of drone systems, Sentera has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate drones for commercial applications. The company's equipment has over 20,000 hours of total flight time. In 2014, Sentera equipment captured 15 million photos, mapped more than 24,000 square miles, logged over 12,000 hours of flight time and managed over 175,000 GB of data.
Sentera's airborne sensor products include multispectral, thermal, normalised difference vegetation index (NDVI) and visual-band imagers. In agriculture, customers use data from Sentera sensors to identify nutritional deficiencies, pest infestations and disease onset in crops. Early detection of issues allows growers to customise fertiliser, pesticide and herbicide applications based on precise data. Generally, this leads to reduced inputs and lower costs, ultimately reducing environmental impact.
Source: Precision farming dealer