Keeping it simple when it comes to new technology seems to just make sense. That is just one feature of the Quantix Drone being launched from AeroVironment. I spoke with Matt Strein, Director Of Business Development at AeroVironment, about the new product and what sets it apart from all others in the ag industry.
AeroVironment has been doing research on this new product for a couple of years, working with farmers and universities. Matt says it was more important to make a product that is exactly what producers want than just being first out in the market place. Here is some information on the product which Matt hopes will be commercially available prior to the end of 2017.
The findings from this research strengthen the capabilities of AeroVironment’s Quantix and DSS ecosystem.Quantix boasts a hybrid design that combines the aerodynamic efficiency of a fixed-wing aircraft with the flexibility and safety of a multi-rotor drone. Quantix is the first hybrid drone to be introduced to the agricultural marketplace and is designed to pair seamlessly with AV DSS, allowing growers to review drone-collected data easily for both quick insights and deeper analysis.
Quantix collects RGB and NDVI multispectral images that can be viewed on-site immediately after each flight and then are uploaded, processed and stored securely in the cloud for growers to view either on their mobile device or a desktop computer. The AV DSS will feature a mobile app component allowing producers to collect and record infield observations. The platform is equipped with an alert system that instantly notifies farmers of anomalies in the field so that immediate action can be taken to address stressors.
AeroVironment has several videos on their website that you might enjoy watching, especially if you’re an AgNerd like me.
Listen to the ZimmCast with Matt here:ZimmCast with Matt Strein, AeroVironment
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