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Drones for Agriculture?

January 6, 2017 by  
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Yes. Absolutely.farm-800x480

UAVs are not just for photographers and enthusiasts; they serve as practical tools for various commercial uses. Among those uses, farmers can benefit by employing drones for use in their agriculture practices. Being able to pinpoint key areas of a large- or small-scale farm using a drone can help a farmer apply pesticides and fertilizers precisely where the chemicals are needed. It can help with mapping out fields to determine which rows of crops and plants are most in need of water, or even which parts of the field may be infected with a plant disease or insects.

Using a high-quality thermal imaging inspection kit, farmers can obtain critical information about their field investments. Thermal imaging helps with determining soil moisture content, water stress levels, and growing conditions, allowing farmers to potentially minimize their water and chemical use, save money and resources, reduce pollutant run-off, and have a positive impact on the environment.

In addition, agriculture businesses, such as farms, could benefit from added efficiency provided by using a drone. Scouting a field on foot could take hours, while using a drone would cut that research time significantly.

FLIR’s drone-based thermal imaging kits are a pretty incredible choice. Flight stability, gimbal technology, mobile app integration and image transmission are just a few of the highlights. FLIR worked very closely with DJI, the market leader in drone technology and aerial photography systems, to create this top-quality range of drone-based thermal imaging solutions. To read more about the Aerial Inspection Kits from FLIR, click here.

It is expected that the agriculture industry could account for 80% of all commercial drone use. Just make sure that you know the safety rules for UAVs, whether for commercial or personal use. Transport Canada has a great section of their website dedicated to this popular technology.

Thermal Imaging: A Key Role in Bat Research & Conservation

November 14, 2016 by  
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The Bad News: Numerous threats, such as loss and fragmentation of habitat, disease, hunting, and diminished food supply, have significantly decreased global bat populations. Many bat species are vulnerable and endangered.

The Good News: Experts have kicked up their efforts – and more importantly, their resources – to put greater focus on bat research and conservation, in order to get a deeper understanding.

A key player in this research is thermal technology. FLIR Systems recently met with a couple of Bat Conservation experts to discuss how thermal imaging has been instrumental in helping them observe local bat populations, while also educating people about the important role bats play in the economy and environment. Watch the video below. And to see our FLIR line-up, click here.

Bat Facts: (from Wildlife Conservation Society Canada)

  • They are the only mammals that can fly.
  • They are major insect predators, hunting by echolocation and eating up to 100% of their body weight in insects when they forage at night in the summer.
  • Even though they hunt by echolocation, bats can see extremely well. In fact, there are no blind bat species. (So much for saying “blind as a bat”!)
  • Throughout the world, many species also serve as important plant pollinators and as prey for a wide range of other animals, including owls and snakes.
  • British Columbia hosts as many as 16 of Canada’s 18 species of bats! Making BC the most diverse province in terms of bat populations.

The Ultimate in Aerial Thermal Imaging is Here

October 13, 2016 by  
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Drone-based thermal imaging is more accessible now than ever before.

FLIR, the industry leader in thermal imaging technology, has partnered with DJI to bring this exciting new product to the marketplace. The application possibilities are vast, nearly limitless, from solar panel inspection to plant and crop science to fire assessment or thermal physiology.

By combining the flight stability, gimbal technology, mobile app integration, and image transmission of the popular and proven DJI Inspire 1 with the industry leading thermal imaging technology of FLIR, this package gives you the ultimate solution for reliable, rapidly deployable aerial thermal imaging.

Check out the video below to learn more.