MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Sentera announced today availability of gimbaled Double 4k and Quad sensors for the DJI Inspire 2 drone. Sentera's swappable precision crop health sensors paired with the Inspire 2 offers agronomists, crop consultants and growers a way to capture vegetation indices such as normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) or normalized difference red edge (NDRE) data while investing in a single drone platform.
"Integration of our gimbaled Double 4K and Quad sensors with the Inspire 2 is the next step that allows customers to leverage the same radiometrically accurate data from our sensors, but now with features from the Inspire 2 platform, including longer flight times and swappable payloads," says Kris Poulson, vice president of agriculture for Sentera.
Using plug-and-play technology, Sentera's sensors connect to the Inspire 2 in just a few seconds. "Being able to swap payloads on-the-fly gives our customers the ability to decide what crop health indices they want to collect while they are in the field. If you're an advisor and support multiple growers in a single day, this flexibility of data capture increases operational efficiency and allows you to customize a crop scouting mission based on specifications unique to your application and needs," Poulson says.
Double and Quad Sensors
Sentera's Double 4K and Quad sensors feature radiometric accuracy and are the only plug-and-play, gimbaled multispectral sensors available today for the DJI Inspire family.
The Double 4K sensor is equipped with twin 12MP sensors and is capable of collecting combinations of RGB, NDVI, NDRE, or multispectral vegetative indices in a single flight.
The Quad sensor has 1.2MP imagers with custom filtering options, designed for universities, researchers, large growers, and advisors with specialized data-gathering requirements.
"There is no downtime or need to send a drone to Sentera or a dealer to swap sensors. In seconds users can attach our Double 4K or Quad sensor to the DJI Inspire 2's existing mount and be scouting fields, capturing RGB, NDVI, and NDRE data. No additional tools or cables are required," says Poulson.
The gimbaled sensors connect into the drone's camera socket without adjustments. While in flight, the sensor automatically captures crop health data in a single pass and according to the user's desired flight parameters.
For more information about the solution visit http://sentera.com/crop-scouting-inspire2.