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Drones can carry sensing equipment to assist with any number of functions. Geological surveying, agriculture, archeology, and several other industries can benefit greatly from the myriad of sensors that can be packed into a drone.
Here are just a few examples of how the agricultural industry, uses aerial sensors:
- Drones can use Lidar to measure the height of crops. Lidar is a remote sensing technology that measures distance by illuminating an object with a laser (near-infrared or UV) and then measuring what is reflected back.
- Heat sensors detect the temperature of livestock, the presence of water, water temperature, and for surveillance and emergency response (if someone is injured in a remote field away from heavy equipment).
- Multi-spectral instruments can count plants (crop density), check the health of plants, and even assess water quality.
- Visual spectrum sensors make it possible to survey and map land.
- Biological sensors can be used to take air quality readings and check for the presence of specific micro-organisms or organic compounds.