Parrot revolutionizes precision agriculture with Sequoia: a miniaturized high-tech multispectral sensor, compatible with all civil drones.
Crop management should evolve to become even more effective: it is necessary to know to better produce, improve its environmental performance, optimize its yield, save time, reduce expenses and thus develop ones farm.
Few farms use multispectral imaging by drones or planes.
With its drones and Sequoia, Parrot makes this essential technology accessible to all.
Sequoia is a multispectral mini-sensor capable of “measuring the invisible”: it takes calibrated pictures in the infrared and thus collects crucial data on crop growth.
With Sequoia, Parrot enables anyone in the farming world to access “big data”.
Revolution is not only to bring technological progress, but to make anyone taking advantage of it.
SEQUOIA – An accurate multispectral imaging solution
Sequoia is a complete and accurate multispectral imagery solution for drones that captures images from crops in both visible and invisible spectrums.
- A multispectral sensor that records images of crops in four distinct spectral bands: Green (500nm Bandwidth 40nm), Red (660nm Bandwidth 40nm), Red-Edge (735nm Bandwidth 10nm) and Near Infrared (790nm Bandwidth 40nm).
- A sensor equipped with a RGB camera (16 MP).
- A 64GB built-in memory.
- A separate luminosity sensor (‘sunshine’ sensor) that records lighting conditions and automatically calibrates the four multispectral sensors. The ‘sunshine’ sensor offers an SD card slot for additional storage capability.
- Sequoia also embeds GPS and
With Sequoia, farmers can:
- Identify areas in a field that require special attention.
- Refine fertilization by detecting nutrient deficiencies.
- Optimize pesticide input by preventing and detecting biotic stresses (caused by living organisms).
- Control irrigation of crops by identifying variations of hydric stress threats.
- Estimate crop yield by processing and utilizing agronomic indexes.
- SEQUOIA – A high-end solution designed for all UAVsCovering hundreds of acres in one flight, drones make it possible to obtain extremely precise crop images.“We have developed Sequoia with the goal of offering the agricultural world an accurate multispectral solution that is technologically advanced and compatible with fixed wing and multirotor drones available on the market,” explains Henri Seydoux, founder and CEO of Parrot. With sensors the size of a GoPro, Sequoia is the first solution developed on an industrial scale that adapts to any type of civil drone.
- Fixed wings cover large acreage.
eBee from senseFly is the only fully automatic fixed wing drone and is already widely used in the agricultural world. With Sequoia onboard eBee, operators can cover hundreds of acres with a GSD of down to 2 cm per pixel.
“We are delighted to bring Sequoia’s cutting-edge multispectral performance to our professional eBee Ag drone,” said Jean-Christophe Zufferey, CEO and co-founder of senseFly. “The fact that this camera is immediately compatible with our eBee means operators can use these technologies to scout larger areas, effectively.”
- Multirotors cover smaller areas, make stationary flights at low altitudes and enable the capture of higher resolution images.
“Via the Drone Code Foundation, 3DR and Parrot have been able to collaborate in providing an end-to-end customer experience for the Parrot Sequoia sensor and 3DR’s enterprise drones and cloud solutions,” said Keith Bigelow, VP of Enterprise Division, 3DRobotics.
Precision agriculture, a priority market for Parrot.
Sequoia is the first professional solution dedicated to agricultural technologies developed by Parrot and results from the group’s diverse expertise.
Parrot’s external growth strategy focuses on ownership interests in leading companies in the commercial drone market, specifically precision agriculture.
The ramp-up of the group on this market specifically translated to the acquisition of professional drone specialist senseFly in 2012, aerial cartography specialist Pix4D in 2013 and majority investments in data processing and agronomic specialists MicaSense and Airinov in 2015.
The Parrot Group has a leading position on the civil drone market and it intends to become a major player in precision agriculture by combining advanced software solutions and sensors adapted to different crop types.
- The Sequoia will be available in March of 2016 for MSRP of $3500
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