By detecting and identifying vegetation irregularities at an early stage, drone-based remote sensing can minimize losses to growers everywhere. But do the current methods of aerial remote sensing qualify to be called “precision” agriculture? Not really, according to this manufacturer of multispectral sensors.
Ira Dvir, an Israel-based pioneer in the field of video compression and imaging technologies, is convinced there’s a fundamental flaw with the multispectral imaging camera sensors on agricultural drones today.
As he puts it, “When you’re not likely to rely on a physician who says he can tell you what’s wrong with you from, let’s say, a three-meter distance, how can you rely on an agricultural survey based on multispectral imagery which was acquired by a sensor of 1.2 or 1.3 MP per band from an altitude of 100 meters?”
So, after developing video CoDecs (the world’s first commercial AVC SW CoDec, licensed to Cyberlink in July 2004) and…