Dutch Kickstarter project to develop greenhouse scouting drone

A group of 4 Aeronautical Engineering students are currently carrying out R&D to utilize a drone to survey greenhouse crops. They have launched a special Kickstarter page for their project.

Greenhouses are at the center of today's society. Not can not only make up a large proportion of a country's economy, they are also essential in sustainable development. Currently growers in these greenhouses have a problem; they're losing up to 25% of their crop yields due to disease, damage, pests and fungus. The group, ADI, claims to have a solution to help these growers. For the past 3 months they have been researching and developing the following system which gives the growers a huge advantage.

How to monitor the plants and their environment:

  • LAI โ€“ Leaf Area Index is taken over time and gives insights into the growth process of the plants.
  • Multi-spectral Imaging โ€“ By combining multi-spectral images, it is possible to determine the stress levels of a plant. It has the possibility to detect fungi, pests and diseases.
  • ECOntroler โ€“ An integrated circuit board that has the capabilities to monitor crucial environmental conditions such as the luminosity, temperature, humidity and CO2 levels.
  • Combining all these tools and data sets, it will enable the grower to have a deep understanding of the plants and the climate environment at the micro level, which in turn will help him find problem areas much quicker and apply the correct solution before the damage on the plants are irreversible.
Click here for their Kickstarter page with more information on the project!

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