Advanced Defense Technologies targets UAV technologies at precision agriculture applications
ANAHEIM, Calif., 19 April 2013. Advanced Defense Technologies Inc. announced the availability of its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology for precision agriculture applications.
"Utilizing sense-and-avoid technology payloads on board all drones and UAVs will be a critical step in overcoming public safety concerns,” says R.S. Tahim, president and CEO of Advanced Defense Technologies. “Once autonomous aircraft are used with a high rate of success in rural areas we expect a transition toward precision agriculture and the utilization of drone technology to reduce costs and maximize yields.”
Sense-and-avoid systems onboard the company's UAVs will automatically steer the pilotless craft away from obstacles and potentially crash land the aircraft in a safe area—and, in turn, expedite the use of UAVs for commercial market sectors, including agriculture.
Potential applications include:
- Monitoring moisture levels and carcinogen in crops and vineyards
- Detection of carcinogen and pathogen levels in soil
- Identifying and monitoring the spread of crop destroying pests
- Monitoring of farm equipment
- Following the progress and quality of work of autonomous combine harvesters