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The rush to power revolutionary agricultural drones

29 June 2021

Industry commentators point to the 2020s as being the decade for Industry 4.0 to really take hold. In multiple sectors of the economy, large strides in technology are changing the way businesses operate and how we live.

(Image: Shutterstock)
(Image: Shutterstock)

This “Fourth Industrial Revolution” is taking its hold in the agricultural sector too: with one tool driving this change and providing a generational leap in farming efficiency for those with the foresight to buy in – the industrial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), more commonly known as the drone.

The majority of drones in the industrial sector take the form of nimble quadcopters or hexacopters where either four or six rotors power a UAV that uses six-axis stabilisation for precise programmable motion. Initially geared towards the realm of the recreational “drone enthusiast”, the fall in the cost of drone technology now makes it viable for use in industry, to improve automation and data collection.

One of the most popular applications for drones in farming is surveying land and collecting and interpreting data. This is where high resolution (up to 4K) cameras come in to play...

Read the full article in the July issue of DPA

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