Taking Drones in Agriculture to the Next Level: The SmartFruit Project
Food security is a global problem that requires a global solution, posts Miriam McNabb at DroneLife. An international group of researchers led by Dr. Stanley Best, Director Nacional Programa Agricultura de Precisión of INIA Quilamap in Chile, is tackling one aspect using a system of autonomous drones: specifically, a DJI prosumer drone with a Heisha autonomous drone charging system.
The “SmartFruit” project is a large undertaking: one that will examine areas of precision agriculture including remote sensing, phenotyping, proximal sensing development, and robotics. INIA de Chile, Chile’s Agricultural Research Insitution, has partnered with the University of Talca and the University of Maule to create a special research center.