Sentera Introduces New Multispectral Double 4K Sensor for Precision Agriculture

By Mike Ball / 30 Apr 2017

Sentera Multispectral Double-4K sensor

Sentera has announced the release of its new Multispectral Double 4K Sensor, which offers five precise spectral bands: blue, green, red, red edge, and near-infrared (NIR). The sensor enables users to collect visual band imagery as well as vegetation indices based upon the addition of NIR or Red Edge, including normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) and normalized difference vegetation red edge (NDRE).

Using patent-pending technology, Sentera’s Multispectral Double 4K Sensor helps agronomists, crop consultants and growers identify issues with their crops earlier and with greater precision. Better in-field data leads to better decisions, which translate into improved crop health actions. The Multispectral Double 4K sensor delivers high-megapixel crop health imagery and data, providing agriculture experts with robust and highly intuitive data sets from which to draw. All data is seamlessly compatible with Sentera’s AgVault web, mobile, and desktop software, integrating the Multispectral Double 4K data with all major digital agriculture platforms.

Sentera has paired the Multispectral Double 4K sensor with a plug-and-play gimbal for the DJI Inspire 1 platform that actively stabilizes the sensor during flight – regardless of drone speed, pitch, or yaw – producing distortion-free crop health data.

“Within seconds users can attach our Multispectral Double 4K to a DJI Inspire 1, and other select DJI drones, and be scouting fields immediately, capturing high-value NDVI and NDRE crop health data. No additional tools or cables are required,” explained Kris Poulson, vice president of agriculture for Sentera.

“The Multispectral Double 4K is an extremely capable sensor. Our intent was to create a solution for the agriculture industry that was both simple to use and radiometrically accurate,” remarked Ryan Nelson, chief mechanical engineer for Sentera. “Designing this product offering was a natural progression for Sentera. We believe it is the best, most effective, easiest to use agriculture sensor for small drones.”

According to President of AMI 3D Services, Derek Billiot, “Sentera’s Double 4K sensor has become a staple for our drone services operation, reliably producing accurate and visually-correct data every time we fly. Our industry demands accurate data and Sentera’s solution has proven to be the best fit for our business.”

The gimbaled Multispectral Double 4K sensor quickly clicks into the drone’s camera socket without adjustments. While in flight, the sensor automatically captures crop health data in a single pass and according to the user’s desired flight parameters. Users may swap out the sensor to another DJI gimbal.

The Multispectral Double 4K sensor easily integrates onto the DJI Inspire 1, Matrice 100, 200, and 600 drone platforms.

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact