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Raleigh, North Carolina, June 20, 2018senseFly, the industry’s leading provider of professional mapping drones, and a commercial drone subsidiary of Parrot Group, today announces the relocation of its North American operations to Raleigh, N.C.

Previously located in Washington, D.C., the company’s new office will accommodate its rapid growth and its location allows senseFly to join the Research Triangle, a growing network of technology leaders.

“Our move to Raleigh reflects our dedication to meeting our customers’ needs through innovation,” said senseFly CEO Gilles Labossière. “Not only is Raleigh one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, but it also has one of the strongest technology scenes, making it a natural fit for our dynamic team.”

senseFly’s new Raleigh office will host the company’s North American shipping & logistics operation, its customer service & satisfaction function, plus sales and marketing teams.

“We’ve already enhanced operational efficiencies, allowing us to deliver exceptional service to our customers in the region,” Labossière added.

The Research Triangle is a region in North Carolina that boasts three prestigious research universities: North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The move positions senseFly alongside these higher learning institutions, creating more resources for the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) industry to thrive within the state.

“We are thrilled to have senseFly join the Triangle’s network of innovative businesses,” said Michael Haley, Executive Director of Wake County Economic Development. “This announcement represents another company moving to our region to access our incredible talent pipeline, diverse business ecosystem, and exceptional quality of life.”

senseFly has already begun integrating itself into the community through its partnership with NextGen Air Transportation Consortium (NGAT), a consortium at North Carolina State University that supports more than 20 members (industry, government agencies, and academia) with UAS implementation strategies, integration timelines, and navigating the regulatory and approval processes at federal and state levels.

“The NGAT Consortium is nationally recognized for its development and integration of aviation technology,” Labossière said. “A specialized focus on UAS was critical for senseFly when determining which organization to partner with.”

“We are excited to see senseFly move into the neighborhood and join the NGAT Consortium,” said Kyle Snyder, Director of NGAT. “senseFly has a proven history of success in drone product development and is also an industry partner on the FAA’s UAS Center of Excellence team, ASSURE, which we are a core member of with 20 other schools. We are looking forward to them being a major part of the state’s drone ecosystem.”

To learn more about senseFly, go to www.sensefly.com.

Montreal, Canada, May 15th, 2018 – SimActive Inc., a world-leading developer of photogrammetry software, is proud to announce an improved workflow for DJI users. Hours of processing time per project are now saved, with volume measurement, pre-construction planning, land development, and other applications streamlined.   

Butler & Associates Inc., a professional surveying firm with over 35 years of experience, is one such user. In conjunction with their DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone imagery, Correlator3D™ is significantly reducing the field work and processing time per project for their topographical surveys.

“An area of over 20 acres was previously taking us a week to survey using traditional surveying equipment”, said Michael A. Tavener from Butler & Associates. “The same process from acquisition to results can now be fully completed in only 8 hours. The phenomenal technical support and friendly price for such a high-end mapping tool like Correlator3D™ has delivered incredible value to us and our clients.”

About Butler & Associates Inc.

Founded in 1983, Butler & Associates, Inc. provides surveying, mapping and hydrography services to professional clients along the Gulf Coast. Their highly trained technicians use modern, industry-leading equipment including GPS and robotic survey instruments to provide accurate, dependable readings for all surveys.  For more information, visit www.butlersurveying.com.

About SimActive

SimActive is the developer of Correlator3D™ software, a patented end-to-end photogrammetry solution for the generation of high-quality geospatial data from satellite and aerial imagery, including UAVs. Correlator3D™ performs aerial triangulation (AT) and produces dense digital surface models (DSM), digital terrain models (DTM), point clouds, orthomosaics and vectorized 3D features. Powered by GPU technology and multi-core CPUs, Correlator3D™ ensures matchless processing speed to support rapid production of large datasets. SimActive has been selling Correlator3D™ to leading mapping firms and government organizations around the world, offering cutting-edge photogrammetry software backed by exceptional customer support. For more information, visit www.simactive.com.

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Delft, 31th Jan 2018 – The interior region of Silhouette is a national park, with some of the richest biodiversity in the entire Indian Ocean. It is also home to several, critically endangered, plants and animals. In order to keep track of the different species on the island and gain insights into the unique ecosystem, an up-to-date map is an essential tool. However, this was not possible for half a century due to its rough environment with mountaintops up to 740m and its remote location. Our hybrid mapping drone Marlyn has enabled cartography professional TFC International to map this tropical island paradise, kicking off the project for mapping the entire Silhouette national park with great detail. These flights prove again that Marlyn is capable of mapping under these extreme conditions.

“The outdated and inaccurate map is our only means of planning and guiding expeditions. During our trips, we can encounter cliffs or impenetrable areas that are not shown on the current map, forcing us to abort the mission prematurely”, conservation officer at the Island Conservation Society, François Baguette explains. He goes on: “The high-resolution photographs and maps made by Marlyn will help us to better understand this area and will enable us to better plan our expeditions, saving us a lot of time and valuable manpower.”

“With this project, we are seamlessly pursuing the vision of our company: empowering professionals across industries to effortlessly gather geospatial data from the sky, enabling them to make more informed decisions, more efficiently and effectively”, mentions Sander Hulsman, CEO of ATMOS UAV. He adds “Where all other hybrid drones quit, Marlyn continues. Her ability to withstand winds up to 6Bft during all phases of the flight from take-off to cruise and landing makes her a truly unique professional mapping tool that proved to be essential for this project. We are very proud that TFC International selected our flagship model Marlyn for this beautiful and challenging project.”

The combination of having only a handful of small take-off points in combination with the mountains, ever-present wind and heat makes mapping the Silhouette island a big challenge. Conventional drones that fly like helicopters lack the endurance and fixed-wing drones need a large empty space to take-off and land which is not available. “When we found out about Marlyn’s unique ability to take-off and land vertically under windy conditions combined with a high flight autonomy, we knew this is exactly the drone we needed for this wonderful project”, says Jean-François Rossignol, director of TFC International. He continues: “As Marlyn has what it takes to map this island given the extreme conditions, I am confident she is capable of mapping any other project all over the world.”

Lausanne, SWITZERLAND, 02 AUG 2017. 3DR, makers of Site Scan, one of the leading drone data platform for engineering and construction, announced they have integrated the Pix4D photogrammetry engine as their core processing software to enable customers to get processed data 3X faster.

Site Scan customers can now process 5X more photos at once—2,500 in total.

The addition of the Pix4D processing engine marks one of the biggest improvements to Site Scan yet: it will help 3DR customers take their drone data to another level, creating more accurate and detailed results—like orthomosaics, digital elevation models, and point clouds—than ever before.

“We’re thrilled to work with 3DR,” said Christoph Strecha, Co-Founder and CEO of Pix4D. “They’re a leader in using drones for reality capture in construction and engineering, and Pix4D’s best-in-class processing will help their customers get the best results possible.”

“With the combination of the Sony R10C camera and our newly improved processing engine, Site Scan can deliver results that consistently rival LiDAR and traditional surveying when it comes to accuracy,” said Chris Anderson, CEO of 3DR. “This marks the next step in drones becoming an essential tool on jobsites across the world.”

About Pix4D

Pix4D is a developer of cutting edge software that converts images taken by hand, by drone, or by plane into survey-grade accurate and georeferenced 2D mosaics, 3D models and point clouds. Founded in 2011, Pix4D is rapidly expanding from its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, to offices in Shanghai, San Francisco and Berlin.

About 3DR

3DR makes drone technology easily accessible to the construction industry for use in data analysis, 3D modeling and more. 3DR’s flagship product, Site Scan, is a complete drone-to-data platform that makes it safer and easier than ever for enterprise and commercial users to collect and process aerial data, perform inspections, and improve business operations. For more information on 3DR, please visit 3dr.com.

San Francisco, May 17, 2017 — Kittyhawk (kittyhawk.io), the leader in drone operations software, is today announcing Flight Deck: a new feature that brings in-flight controls and functionality in real time to the Kittyhawk platform. Every day, thousands of pilots rely on Kittyhawk for everything from pre-flight planning and checklists to post-flight logging and intelligence. Kittyhawk’s Flight Deck removes the need for switching between apps during an operation, while also connecting the pilot and his aircraft to real-time airspace alerts and real-time coordination with headquarters.

For commercial pilots, Flight Deck removes significant overhead by acting as a single mobile application that solves for every need in the field. It also automates the tedious task of flight logging. For chief pilots and fleet managers at headquarters, Flight Deck brings visibility and control to operations that are happening in real time.

“A core product theme at Kittyhawk is how we can help our customers foster a culture of safety,” says Josh Ziering, Co-Founder and Chief Pilot of Kittyhawk. “Flight Deck fundamentally changes how a commercial drone operations function.”

Thanks to improving technology and increasing clarity in FAA regulations, more and more companies are finding the confidence to expand drone use in their businesses.

The next question that Kittyhawk helps businesses answer is, how do we move from a handful of pilots to hundreds?

“As corporations start to roll out their drone operations, they are increasingly looking to consolidate hardware and software vendors,” says Colin Snow, CEO and Founder of Skylogic Research, LLC. “Platforms that can provide an entire workflow and integrate into existing operations become more and more valuable for large-scale UAV teams. Kittyhawk’s strong product offering puts it in a great place to leverage this market trend.”

With more companies adopting drones into their workflows, there is a high demand for safe, scaleable flight management and operations platforms. More flights means more data for drone operators — but the value of that data diminishes over time.

“Once a company starts operating at scale,” says Jon Hegranes, CEO and Co-Founder of Kittyhawk, “they realize the importance of real-time data. What happened last month or last week is fine for a report, but real-time telemetry and coordination with current flights is a necessity for any serious commercial operator.”

“Kittyhawk is a cost effective and indispensable tool for all our flight operations,” said Joshua Pruitt, Chief Pilot for Abroadened Horizon. “With Flight Deck we now have a hyper accurate and real-time air map with detailed forecasting in addition to tracking and documenting all of our flight records, managing our fleet maintenance schedules, and sharing checklists with other platform users”.

Kittyhawk is the only real-time flight operations and management solution on the market. The launch of Flight Deck brings the ability for pilots to interact dynamically with the airspace in real time. Flight Deck is integrated with the AirMap platform, allowing drone operators to improve their situational awareness with real-time traffic alerts, share their live telemetry with airports and others in the airspace, and understand and comply with airspace rules, requirements, and temporary restrictions.

“The innovators at Kittyhawk understand the critical importance of real-time situational awareness and effortless decision-making about where it is safe to fly,” said Ben Marcus, CEO of AirMap. “We’re proud that the AirMap platform can contribute to this sophisticated, end-to-end tool for commercial drone operators and enterprise users.”

Kittyhawk’s comprehensive platform links what’s happening in the air to mission plans, fleet data, and company-set alerts in real-time. These alerts ensure that information is always relevant and actionable. Furthermore, Kittyhawk’s cross-platform availability and cloud-scale data management backend make it both user-friendly and dependable. The team remains as product-driven as ever, rapidly building out technical features to match the fast-paced industry.

Kittyhawk has already been validated by high-profile customers like Shell, Intel, and CNN. And because security is of the utmost importance for large-scale operators, Kittyhawk prides itself on its data integrity and usability at scale. The platform stores all data domestically, which means sensitive media and telemetry data is not sent to any foreign companies or countries. Perhaps most importantly, Kittyhawk is customer-centric and rapidly develops its platform based on industry events and customer feedback.

The Kittyhawk platform currently serves customers ranging from individual drone pilots to the largest commercial teams in operation today. The newly released Flight Deck functionality is free and unlimited for anyone with a DJI drone, with more features and hardware partners coming soon.

About Kittyhawk

Kittyhawk was founded in 2015 with the belief that drone operations software should be as cool, reliable, and innovative as the aircraft we fly. Kittyhawk develops real-time flight operations and management solutions for professional pilots and fleet managers across a multitude of missions. Companies across the country in verticals like sports, media, shipping and logistics, insurance, education, law enforcement, and fire and emergency management all rely on Kittyhawk for their end-to-end flight operations. Discover more at https://kittyhawk.io.

Head pilots Tomas and Daniel are carrying our biggest copters, we call them Destiny, with take off weight of 32kg, mainly used for cinema filming.

Petr Lněnička was working as filmmaker when aerial footage became a hot commodity. “In 2011 it was something pretty new and unusual and we actually had to have it,” recalls Petr. “But at that time in Czech Republic, there was basically no one to supply us with quality footage.” So he started filming himself. With no background in RC flying, Petr and his nephew Tomas founded their own company in 2012 after purchasing an S800 copter drone from the then-new DJI. Vertical Images was one of the first three companies to be certified by the Czech civil aviation authority, and boasted over 200 flight hours by the end of the year.

 “It wasn’t difficult in the beginning to get clients, because when we started, all those flying in our country were basically RC hobbyists, without a background in film. One week we bought the first drone, the second week we were flying and being paid for it.” — Petr Lněnička

But Petr knew this sweet spot wouldn’t last forever. In 2013, Vertical images decided to diversify, and launched itself into flying for industrial inspection and mapping. Going from filming to industrial flying was a logical step, says Petr, as work in cinema is limited. “In Czech Republic, there are only about 120 flying days available for big cameras. But if you consider aerial inspections, renewable energy, industrial plants, all the mapping jobs…it’s a better business to be in than just aerial filming. And we had the knowledge.”

Not one to shy away from difficult projects, Vertical images’ first inspection job was a large chemical plant having problems with processing. Unable to find a solution for several days, the plant had already lost tens of thousands of euros, and invited Vertical Images to look at things from a different perspective. “We went there with the infrared camera, and actually, the problem was visible right away because of the distance and the perspective,” said Petr. “So we helped them a lot, and are working for the same company all over Europe now.”

Around a year later, Petr discovered Pix4Dmapper Pro software. “We needed to measure, we needed to place things on real maps, on real 3D models,” said Petr. “A regular picture is good for looking at something but you cannot measure, cannot get geolocation, cannot align with other dates. So working with Pix4D allows us to pinpoint the locations and show exactly what’s going on. That’s a very important part of our workflow.” Vertical images has done hundreds of projects with the software, primarily using Pix4D outputs as a basis for inspection. When inspecting an industrial plant for Siemens, for example, they fly over the plant with a classical RGB camera and make a model and orthomosaic map as a project base.

By 2016, Vertical images was doing half photography and videography, half industrial flying and mapping services. Today, aerial filming only comprises 10–20% of their work.

The market is doing absolutely well, if you know what you are doing. 4 years ago it was good enough to get the camera in the air. But now, the actual flying is less than 20% of the job. The other 80% is data processing. It’s more about the data and presentation than about the flying. And if you save your customers money, show them something new, and help them do predictive maintenance, you have the job. Everybody wants that, everybody wants to save money, right? That’s exactly what we do.

3 pieces of advice

+ Be safety oriented

My first advice is to be safe — that’s the most important thing — or you’ll end up without a company! Everything has to be looked at through safety glasses in order to be successful in this business. There are so many problems that can happen that CANNOT happen. So you have to be very safety oriented, do regular inspections of your stuff, and have well trained people. Training is really important. We actually rented an abandoned plant a few kilometers from our offices to train our pilots and sensor operators, so they can work safely in industrial environments. It’s crucial. So whatever you can do for safety, just do it. If you can spend money on a parachute, do it. If you can double or triple the electronics, do it. If you can spend more time training people, do it.

+ Diversify

Every day brings new opportunities for the use of unmanned aircraft. Learn and test new things. Start using software like Pix4D, which will open the door to mapping applications. From orthomosaics to 3D models, from applications in agriculture to applications in the construction business. The more you offer, the more you will be useful and indispensable to the clients (plus, you earn more). Drones are not just pretty pictures and videos anymore; they can be useful in so many new areas …

Top: Wind turbine inspection by UAV shortens time from 6h to less than 1h — with better data at the end. Inspection info is placed on a 3D model of wind turbine (Pix4D). Bottom: inspecting heat distribution pipelines

+ Work closely with authority

Part of our success is due to the fact we work very closely with the civil aviation authority (CAA). For example, now we are getting certified to fly at night, which is normally prohibited by law in the Czech Republic, but by working closely with the CAA, in the end we succeeded and it opens up many new opportunities and applications. Another example, we needed to fly at the airports, which is normally a big no no, but by proving that it can be done safely, now we are allowed to fly at international airports in the Czech Republic. It can be done, actually we had close to 70 flying hours at the Prague international airport just next to the active runways last year.

What will the future look like?

It’s going to be more and more about data, and less and less about flying. The flying and drones are an important part of it, but more will be about big data and what you get from it. Whoever wants to be successful in this business needs a way to analyze and present big data. For example, when we do a plant inspection, we end up with about 2 terabytes of data. So how do you get that to the client? How do you present it? Pix4D software helps us a lot. It will be a greater and more important part of our work.

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Head pilots Tomas and Daniel are carrying our biggest copters, we call them Destiny, with take off weight of 32kg, mainly used for cinema filming.

Petr Lněnička was working as filmmaker when aerial footage became a hot commodity. “In 2011 it was something pretty new and unusual and we actually had to have it,” recalls Petr. “But at that time in Czech Republic, there was basically no one to supply us with quality footage.” So he started filming himself. With no background in RC flying, Petr and his nephew Tomas founded their own company in 2012 after purchasing an S800 copter drone from the then-new DJI. Vertical Images was one of the first three companies to be certified by the Czech civil aviation authority, and boasted over 200 flight hours by the end of the year.

 “It wasn’t difficult in the beginning to get clients, because when we started, all those flying in our country were basically RC hobbyists, without a background in film. One week we bought the first drone, the second week we were flying and being paid for it.” — Petr Lněnička

But Petr knew this sweet spot wouldn’t last forever. In 2013, Vertical images decided to diversify, and launched itself into flying for industrial inspection and mapping. Going from filming to industrial flying was a logical step, says Petr, as work in cinema is limited. “In Czech Republic, there are only about 120 flying days available for big cameras. But if you consider aerial inspections, renewable energy, industrial plants, all the mapping jobs…it’s a better business to be in than just aerial filming. And we had the knowledge.”

Not one to shy away from difficult projects, Vertical images’ first inspection job was a large chemical plant having problems with processing. Unable to find a solution for several days, the plant had already lost tens of thousands of euros, and invited Vertical Images to look at things from a different perspective. “We went there with the infrared camera, and actually, the problem was visible right away because of the distance and the perspective,” said Petr. “So we helped them a lot, and are working for the same company all over Europe now.”

Around a year later, Petr discovered Pix4Dmapper Pro software. “We needed to measure, we needed to place things on real maps, on real 3D models,” said Petr. “A regular picture is good for looking at something but you cannot measure, cannot get geolocation, cannot align with other dates. So working with Pix4D allows us to pinpoint the locations and show exactly what’s going on. That’s a very important part of our workflow.” Vertical images has done hundreds of projects with the software, primarily using Pix4D outputs as a basis for inspection. When inspecting an industrial plant for Siemens, for example, they fly over the plant with a classical RGB camera and make a model and orthomosaic map as a project base.

By 2016, Vertical images was doing half photography and videography, half industrial flying and mapping services. Today, aerial filming only comprises 10–20% of their work.

The market is doing absolutely well, if you know what you are doing. 4 years ago it was good enough to get the camera in the air. But now, the actual flying is less than 20% of the job. The other 80% is data processing. It’s more about the data and presentation than about the flying. And if you save your customers money, show them something new, and help them do predictive maintenance, you have the job. Everybody wants that, everybody wants to save money, right? That’s exactly what we do.

3 pieces of advice

+ Be safety oriented

My first advice is to be safe — that’s the most important thing — or you’ll end up without a company! Everything has to be looked at through safety glasses in order to be successful in this business. There are so many problems that can happen that CANNOT happen. So you have to be very safety oriented, do regular inspections of your stuff, and have well trained people. Training is really important. We actually rented an abandoned plant a few kilometers from our offices to train our pilots and sensor operators, so they can work safely in industrial environments. It’s crucial. So whatever you can do for safety, just do it. If you can spend money on a parachute, do it. If you can double or triple the electronics, do it. If you can spend more time training people, do it.

+ Diversify

Every day brings new opportunities for the use of unmanned aircraft. Learn and test new things. Start using software like Pix4D, which will open the door to mapping applications. From orthomosaics to 3D models, from applications in agriculture to applications in the construction business. The more you offer, the more you will be useful and indispensable to the clients (plus, you earn more). Drones are not just pretty pictures and videos anymore; they can be useful in so many new areas …

Top: Wind turbine inspection by UAV shortens time from 6h to less than 1h — with better data at the end. Inspection info is placed on a 3D model of wind turbine (Pix4D). Bottom: inspecting heat distribution pipelines

+ Work closely with authority

Part of our success is due to the fact we work very closely with the civil aviation authority (CAA). For example, now we are getting certified to fly at night, which is normally prohibited by law in the Czech Republic, but by working closely with the CAA, in the end we succeeded and it opens up many new opportunities and applications. Another example, we needed to fly at the airports, which is normally a big no no, but by proving that it can be done safely, now we are allowed to fly at international airports in the Czech Republic. It can be done, actually we had close to 70 flying hours at the Prague international airport just next to the active runways last year.

What will the future look like?

It’s going to be more and more about data, and less and less about flying. The flying and drones are an important part of it, but more will be about big data and what you get from it. Whoever wants to be successful in this business needs a way to analyze and present big data. For example, when we do a plant inspection, we end up with about 2 terabytes of data. So how do you get that to the client? How do you present it? Pix4D software helps us a lot. It will be a greater and more important part of our work.

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Knowing which drone flight plan to design for 3D modeling can be challenging, but the good news is that Pix4Dcapture has automatic flight missions optimized for different scenarios. We tested circular missions with three image angle overlay variations in order to compare results.

Circular missions are recommended to 3D map a single object of interest, like a building or a monument.

When it comes to circular mission settings, DJI drone pilots can choose the angle between images. By dividing the 360° flight covered by the drone into sections, or variable angles (4°, 8°, 12°), the drone is told by the app to shoot a picture when it reaches the predefined angle. At a practical level, this means that at a low angle value (e.g. 4°), the drone will take more images and have a bigger image overlap than a higher angle value (e.g. 12°).

For this test, we flew the three missions around a building with a base of 30 x 30 meters and height of 18 meters, using a DJI Phantom 4.

Each mission had a different value for the “angle between images” setting; we tested capturing images with 4°, 8° and 12°. As constant factors, the flight altitude was 40m and the data was processed on Pix4D Cloud.

Circular mission with 4° angle between images

  • Flight time: 9 min
  • Number of images: 124
  • Cloud processing: 35 min 23 sec
  • Average GSD: 2.84 cm / 1.12 in

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Circular mission with 8° angle between images

  • Flight time: 5 min 44 sec
  • Number of images: 62
  • Cloud processing: 17 min 23 sec
  • Average GSD: 2.87 cm / 1.13 in

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Circular mission with 12° angle between images

  •    Flight time: 4 min 29 sec
  •    Number of images: 31
  •    Cloud processing: 10 min 8 sec
  •    Average GSD: 3.11 cm / 1.22 in

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So, how do I choose the angle between images in circular flights?

To answer this question, it’s important to define the goal of your 3D mapping project and keep in mind time and quality constraints.

By using a higher overlay level, there is more image information for the software to reconstruct an object, resulting in a more detailed 3D model. However, more data implies more time spent flying and acquiring images, and also a longer processing time.

Depending on the purpose of the 3D model, managing the angle between images helps balance time and quality: allowing you to choose from faster and more schematic reconstructions, to more detailed ones.

So, what are your project goals and constraints?

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If you want an NDVI map while you’re still in the field, cut out a potentially long upload to the cloud and start processing directly in Pix4Dag desktop.

With a predicted population jump to 9 billion by 2050, and therefore a corresponding 70% increase in agricultural consumption, it’s clear the industry must innovate to keep up. And so, agriculture drones are on the rise. PwC estimates the revenue opportunity of drone-powered solutions in agriculture to be 32.4 billion USD.

Part of this opportunity is being exploited by up-and-coming cloud-based companies. Users upload their images to the cloud, and receive maps in return. With so many of these services being cloud-based only, desktop processing of drone images may seem old-fashioned. “Why have a computer at all, when you can simply upload on your phone?”

Hold on, what about the upload speed…is cloud processing really optimal for ag?

Based on feedback from some of our users in rural areas (and agriculture tends to be in those areas), uploading a small dataset to the cloud can take 3–4 hours, while when they process directly on their laptops, an NDVI map is ready in less than 45’.

So, if uploading to the cloud takes this long, and one of the basic requests we hear from the agricultural industry is that people want to make decisions in the field, the solution is to process offline where images are ready to process right away.

The illustration below shows two examples of import time in desktop. As you can see, this time is negligible, we could even say “instant”.

By not uploading your data to the cloud, and simply importing images from the SD card to your computer, you’re able to start processing right away. No unnecessary time-consuming steps in between: you can have your NDVI map for immediate scouting.

This is why Pix4Dag offers a hybrid desktop and cloud solution: desktop works great in agriculture because it makes users internet independent and allows them to truly process while still in the field, and cloud works well for those whose Ag operations live online.

Many rural areas have problems with cell phone connection, not to mention internet bandwidth: not ideal, considering datasets in agriculture actually are more likely to be large (vs other industries). If you don’t have a pristine connection, we’re talking hours to upload time-sensitive data to the cloud.

If what you really want is to have actionable data while you are still in the field, processing directly on your laptop after the drone lands is the way to go.

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New to drone mapping or Pix4D? Get a free trial of Pix4D HERE, and remember to select agriculture in the software usage section. 🌿

For the next part in this series, we’ll touch on actual processing time for generating NDVI maps in the field, as well as processing capabilities. Stay tuned…

If you want to know more about Pix4Dag, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HnnKqcaYD4