Sentera announced today their latest update to the AgVault™ 2.0 Mobile iOS app, featuring a battery-swap capability that enables operators to plan a flight of any size and seamlessly accommodates any number of battery swap-outs. The feature monitors UAV 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 UAV automatically resumes flight and data capture exactly where it left off.
UAV Battery Life is No Longer a Constraint
“This feature is a monumental advancement for both the UAV and precision agriculture industries,” remarked Reid Plumbo, Director of Product Management for Sentera. “The most common constraint with crop-scouting large fields — getting a complete data set on a single battery — is just gone. You can plan flights that are hours long if you want to. AgVault has you covered.”
The battery-swap feature was designed in conjunction with the AgVault 2.0 App Flight Planning Capability, launched in June 2016. Operators simply select the UAV’s altitude, sensor configuration, overlap, sideslip, and an area on their field to survey. Then the UAV launches from within the app, autonomously flies the flight plan, notifies the operator when the battery is low, returns home for a battery swap, and then automatically resumes the flight plan until the complete data set is attained.
The battery swap and flight planning features work with the DJI Phantom 4, Phantom 3, and Inspire families of drones. Farmers and agronomists who need high-resolution color, near-infrared (NIR), and normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) data from vast amounts of acres in a single flight plan can now capture it easily, and can quickly make decisions based on that data. And as more flights are conducted, the data inventory becomes more useful and easier to mine and share, thanks to AgVault’s other features, like seamless integration with other data sources, compatibility with common stitching tools, and ability to import existing data.
“Now, all that really matters is the size of your data card.” noted Kris Poulson, Vice President of Agriculture for Sentera. “Every single AgVault customer — new and existing — can capture imagery of as many acres as they want to. The UAV is autonomous, the image capture is seamless, and AgVault’s data management and integration features make it extremely useful right away. Even right in the field! This capability will revolutionize the way people capture aerial imagery.”
The AgVault 2.0 Software is comprised of desktop, mobile, and cloud components that automatically synchronize data, wherever you need it. The software is compatible with most popular prescriptive analytics tools, and the AgVault 2.0 Software does not require an internet connection to operate, allowing growers to make data-driven crop health decisions at the field edge. AgVault 2.0 software creates QuickTile™ maps in the field, allows users create and export ShapeFiles, share and annotate data.
Sentera’s AgVault 2.0 mobile app battery swap feature is part of the AgVault 2.0 Software solution, available today with a free trial. Visit the AgVault webpage to sign up or learn more.
Since its inception in 2014, Sentera has raised $8.5M in capital from strategic investors and is a leading designer, developer, and manufacturer of software, sensors, and UAVs in the agriculture, infrastructure, and public safety industries. Sentera has more than 200 years of combined experience with sensors, software, UAVs, data management, and engineering solutions. In a single growing season, Sentera’s equipment collected 15,500,000 images and gathered 175 terabytes of data from 8,000 flights.