Identify problem areas in a field
Optimize fertilization & irrigation
Minimize pesticide usage
Estimate & increase crop yield
Capturing images from the sky results in the ability to cover a large area in a short time period. Multispectral cameras can detect light reflectance in the visible and invisible spectrum that can be used to determine the plant stress on an individual level. Combining Marlyn with a multispectral camera creates the opportunity to visualize the crop health from a large terrain.
Already drones are becoming the preferred aerial-support platform for farmers. Drones have a very high level of flexibility, can be deployed rapidly, have a superior resolution and are not susceptible to cloud cover. Mapping and surveying drones, therefore, have a clear advantage over satellite imagery and manned aircraft surveys. To be more specific, a satellite is limited in spatial resolution, has slow image acquisition and is susceptible to cloud cover. Manned aircraft have higher operating costs and lack flexibility.
Marlyn is fully automated. With a simple push of a button the drone lifts off and starts mapping the crops. After the flight, the drone will land again vertically at the same spot it was launched. The captured data is post-processed into (3D) maps, in combination with i.e. Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) algorithms to provide the user with actionable insights.