DJI recently announced their newest product offerings which they say is “setting the new standard” for agricultural drones. As you might be able to guess, there newest product is aimed at precision agricultural and environmental management, and comes packed with features to make those in that field excited. With this drone, DJI promises to make farm management easier, and save farmers lots of money and time in the process.
The companies new drone is the P4 multispectral, and comes with a multispectral imaging camera. It also comes equipped with six different sensor to take environmental readings. This lets it measure a whole slew of things from plant health, to insects, weeds, and even soil conditions. Overall, it provides a ton of new, realtime data to farmers to help them make more informed decisions. It also includes a sunlight sensor which can measure ambient light to help make even more accurate measurements.
Drones like this allow farmers to get the data they need without send people into the fields. Having the data in realtime is also a big win, as it allows them to adapt more quickly to changes, ultimately leading to more successful growing seasons. The data the drone promises to provide should prove invaluable to farmers, and become only more important over the years as more data is compiled.
The P4 multispectral’s main goal is to cut costs and make managing agricultural project easier. It comes with tools to help improve yields, monitor vegetation, and more. This is all big news for farmers looking to increase profits. The features packed into this drone certainly help push it in that direction.
DJI is actively producing in this category as the potential gains are huge. Market research estimates that the agricultural drone market could be worth up to $4.8 billion in just five short years. With those kinds of gains, it’s easy to see why DJI is working so much in the niche, and they’re certainly poised to grab a huge share of that pie.
The drone itself comes with a 7 kilometer range, and up to a 27 minute flight time on a single battery. That gives it some nice range, and the flight time needed to map large fields of agriculture goods. The camera also comes with a global shutter for ultra precise imaging.
DJI has also put a large focus on simplicity. Farmers have historically been slow to adopt new technology, so it’s important the barrier of entry is low. DJI understands this, and has worked to create a powerful drone that doesn’t take much skill to get up and running with.
The drone also easily integrates with the DJI Terra software, or a slew of 3rd party software. This includes popular programs like Pix4D mapper and DroneDeploy. This further increases the usability of the data, and provides flexibility to use what works for each individual.
Overall, the advantages of using technology like drones to monitor agriculture are huge. It saves time over sending people out in the fields. It also provides a much more accurate mapping that can be built up over time. The flexibility to for continuous monitoring is also a big win. Take measurements mid season can help avoid problems that might otherwise go unnoticed, and let farmers make adjustments leading to larger yields.
It will be interesting to watch DJI and other companies as they put out more drones like this. Agriculture is one big area, but there are dozens of other industries that will benefit from autonomous drone tracking. Who knows which industry will be next to embrace the technological revolution of drones!