Sentera, LLC, a global provider of remote sensing hardware and data management solutions signs a reseller agreement with Rise Above Custom Drone Solutions, Australia’s leading provider of custom drone systems to the aerial agriculture, mining, cinematography, and industrial industries. With the signing of the agreement, Australia’s agriculture industry gains access to Sentera’s proven end-to-end normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) solutions including agriculture drones, precision sensors, and AgVault Software. Rise Above’s customers will now be able to capture more images and cover more acres, in less time – increasing yields and ROI, and capturing data that can be used as reference points throughout future growing seasons.
“We are excited to be the distributor for Sentera’s NDVI drone solutions in the Australian market,” said Rafi Mehdi, director of Rise Above. “The agriculture market is huge, with over 135,000 farms in Australia; the Sentera NDVI sensors provide real-time data about crop health to the farmers, allowing them to work smarter, and capitalize on efficiencies to increase yields and reduce expenses.”
Mehdi continued, “Precision agriculture provides lots of benefits to farmers, from the ease of use of capturing the data, to the tangible benefits which can be seen in yield increase, and reduction in water and fertilizer usage.”
Rise Above will offer a full portfolio of Sentera’s precision agriculture solutions including the NDVI Upgrade for the DJI Phantom 4, Phantom 3, and Inspire platforms. Each upgrade utilizes a Sentera NDVI Single Sensor. The ultra-light weight, high-precision NDVI sensor creates a powerful and affordable precision agriculture tool. Since the drone’s factory-supplied gimbaled camera is not modified, the full functionality of the DJI stock sensor is preserved. With the Single Sensor, users can capture incredible visual-band, near-infrared, and NDVI data simultaneously – in a single flight.
“We have just come into spring, so the timing is perfect for Sentera’s product to come into the Australian market, as an affordable solution for NDVI imaging. The Sentera solution allows farmers to capture color, NIR, and NDVI data and view it in the field. With drone technology adoption on the increase, it won’t be long before this sort of technology becomes a standard in the Australian Agriculture industry,” noted Mehdi.
In addition to hardware solutions, Rise Above will resell the AgVault Software and Mobile App solution. AgVault is the conduit for farmers to fly a field with a drone and immediately evaluate and respond to crop health data, in real-time, by reviewing a QuickTile Map while at the field’s edge. Viewing crop health imagery in the field does not require an internet connection and is a lightning-fast process. AgVault Mobile can be used to autonomously fly a DJI drone with NDVI Upgrade, ensuring the sensor is capturing imagery with the correct overlap and elevation to paint a useful picture once the drone lands.
A special feature of the AgVault flight app is that users are allowed to plan flights that far exceed the drone’s battery life. The feature monitors a drone’s battery life, notes the exact coordinates where it left off, and returns to the operator when a new battery is required. Once a replacement battery is installed, the drone automatically resumes flight and data capture exactly where it left off. This enables operators to plan a flight of any size and seamlessly accommodate any number of battery swap outs.
“Australian farmers have shown a tremendous interest in Sentera’s precision agriculture solutions – punctuating the value that our systems are bringing to farmers around the world. The same data that you take action on today, can be repurposed in the future,” said Greg Emerick, executive vice president of business development for Sentera.
Emerick continued, “Having precise, actionable crop health data is key to improving response times, increasing yields, or assisting in allocating resources to focus on productive acres. Rise Above has a solid foundation of technical experience, and a passion for drones and is here to help their customers well into the future – an ideal fit with Sentera.”
In addition to working directly with farmers, Rise Above also works closely with agriculture consulting firms to make aircraft agronomy more accessible to Australian growers and farmers. Rise Above’s Sydney-based facility supports farmers Australia-wide with integration, technical support, and warranty for Sentera Agricultural Solutions.