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Sentera Quad Sensor Customizable to Meet Individual Needs

The recent update to Quad Sensor improves throughput and imager performance and revises packaging for simplified integration with common drone platforms. The sensor, which provides high-precision, low-distortion vegetative health data that can be tailored to specific applications, features four fully customizable imagers. 

In its standard configuration, the sensor offers normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), green NDVI, normalized difference red edge (NDRE), and high-resolution color data capture – all of which can be captured in a single flight. By collecting NDVI and NDRE data simultaneously, you are provided with informative, accurate insights about crop health while streamlining operations. Custom filtering options provide virtually limitless configuration options.

Sensor Adapts To Rapidly Evolving Industry

Because agriculture is continually introducing new seed varieties, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and technology, tools used to evaluate crop health vigor and detect issues must be flexible and develop rapidly to keep pace with these continued advancements. The Quad Sensor supports crop health needs before they are widely marketed.

“The Quad Sensor’s innovative technology can add incredible value to several agricultural applications,” explains Kris Poulson, vice president of agriculture for Sentera. “Individuals on the leading edge of development seek technology that is both tailored to an application and intuitive to use. With our Quad Sensor, customers with unique vegetation indices requirements have a solution.”

Ryan Nelson, Sentera’s chief mechanical engineer, says the Quad Sensor was designed with the university, researcher, and scientist in mind. “The sensor needed to be customizable and offer users an outstanding opportunity to configure a powerful sensor to their exact specifications,” he says. “The Quad Sensor allows targeting of specific vegetative indices, something not easily accomplished using other, commercially available sensors.”

“Sentera has worked with us to develop, manufacture, and deploy sensors that have refined our understanding of how insects and disease affect the spectral response of agricultural crops,” says Ian MacRae, department of entomology professor, University of Minnesota college of food, agricultural, and natural resource sciences. “As our research continues, Sentera has responded, ensuring we get customized sensors that can accurately and reliably collect the data we need.”

The Sentera Quad Sensor can be easily integrated with multiple commercial drones including the DJI Inspire 1 and Phantom 3, 3D Robotics Solo, and the Sentera Phoenix fixed-wing platforms.

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