MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Sentera announced its ability to convert a DJI Mavic drone into a precision scouting tool that collects TrueNDVI crop health data. The Sentera NDVI Single Sensor is integrated onto the pocket-sized Mavic drone, featuring one of DJI's most sophisticated flying cameras ever. In a single flight, visual-band RGB, near-infrared (NIR) and normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) data is simultaneously captured, and then interpreted in the field to quickly detect problem areas and respond with action. The Mavic drone with NDVI Upgrade ensures precision while saving time.

While the Mavic is only 1/6th the size of other popular DJI platforms, it retains a flight time of 27 minutes due to its powerful, high-efficiency motors. Paramount to the Mavic's feature set is its FlightAutonomy technology, which senses obstacles up to 49 feet away and helps reduce accidents, bumps and scrapes. With Sentera's TrueNDVI upgrade, a NDVI Single Sensors is installed onto the airframe while the factory-supplied DJI Mavic 3-axis gimbaled camera is left untouched, preserving the full functionality of its 12-megapixel, 4K stock sensor.

The Sentera NDVI Single Sensor features a high-sensitivity global shutter imager and low-distortion optics for crisp, clear aerial RGB and NIR data collection — directly responsible for creating accurate NDVI maps. Sentera's TrueNDVI solution captures, and then flows data into Sentera AgVault software, where additional analytics can be performed, data is catalogued and stored, and ready to leverage immediately and for instant action — at the field edge, or across the country.  

Existing Mavic drones can be sent directly to Sentera or a Sentera-authorized reseller for modification. Growers who want to obtain a new Mavic drone with NDVI capabilities can purchase an integrated system directly through Sentera or its resellers.