MTG is looking to work with Isle of Man farmers to test agricultural drones as part of a series of tech trials. The drones will be used to assess the growth and health of crops including oilseed rape, potatoes, and wheat. The drone trial will feature alongside other trials including soil monitoring, weather stations and the latest generation of NPK IoT sensors.
In Q1/Q2 2021 Manx Technology Group wishes to undertake some limited technology trials with agricultural drones and AI technology in a farming environment. The tech trails will use agricultural drones to fly over farmland using pre-determined paths, taking high-resolution photographs, before using AI to identify crop counts, growth levels, diseases or other issues.
Agricultural Drone Trial – Details
MTG will provide the drone, software and AI technology from our partners.
We will be looking to test the technology in a real-world environment to understand its potential impact and use by farmers.
The reports, data and insights will be made available to the participating farmers. Although the trial is funded by MTG, there is scope to extend the trial if you are willing to work on a collaborative basis.
DJI, which reportedly sought a $15bn valuation at its latest funding round, and currently has a 70 per cent share of the global commercial drone market, sold 20,000 agricultural drones for spraying pesticides in China last year, and about 2,000 in Japan and South Korea.
Tech Trial Series
This trial will form part of a series of technology trials (#tech trials) that MTG will be undertaking on the Isle of Man. These tech trials will involve Internet of Things (IoT) and areas including climate change, farming, pollution monitoring, transportation, and smart cities.
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