Sentera, the provider of data for agricultural solutions at Minneapolis has introduced a multispectral quad sensor that has four imagers which are fully customizable for enabling drone-based crop health data collection. This sensor is designed for getting low-distortion vegetative data relating to health and can be tailored for various unique applications. The quad sensor is designed for high precision and offers improved throughput, enhanced imager performance, and updated packaging for simple integration with most commonly used platforms for drones. This quad sensor is designed in a way such that it is easily integrated with multiple drones, commercially available. This includes DR Solo, Phantom 3, DJI Inspire 1, and the Sentera Phoenix fixed-wing platforms.
Features of Quad Sensor
Some of the features with which the multispectral quad sensor is equipped include high-resolution color data capture, Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), Normalized Difference Red Edge (NDRE), and Green NDVI. All these data can be captured in a single flight. The collection of NDRE and NDVI data simultaneously helps in acquiring accurate insights about crop health. It helps in streamlining operations. Virtually limitless configuration options are possible by custom filtering options. The quad sensor targets specific vegetative indices, a feat difficult to achieve using any other commercially available sensors in the market. This quad sensor was designed for universities, research workers, and scientists and this needed to be fully customizable, thereby offering users the chance to configure a sensor so powerful, to the specifications of their need.