American Robotics Autonomous Drone System Farming Trials Commence
Strong demand from farming community for precision agriculture solution
BOSTON, August 09, 2018 -- American Robotics, an industrial drone developer specializing in agricultural automation, today announced that its flagship product ScoutTM is currently deployed in a series of extended in-field trials across the US. The trials attracted significant interest from the farming community, reflecting the clear need for a practical, automated scouting system to enable improved agricultural decision-making, efficiently optimized input use, and maximized yields.
The trials are underway with a range of organizations including farms, agriculture coops, and input manufacturers. Demand to participate was high, and a waitlist already exists for the limited release of Scout in 2019.
Scout is the first self-charging, self-managing drone system for agriculture, capable of autonomously carrying out daily scouting missions. The solution incorporates visual and multispectral cameras and a weatherproof base station which handles housing, charging, data processing, and data transfer. Unlike other precision agriculture drone solutions, once installed within a farmer's field, Scout requires no manual intervention to plan, fly and manage drone operations. Detailed health reports and analysis are then seamlessly transmitted to the farmer.
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“The incredible interest in Scout from the community reflects that farmers recognize that autonomous systems will drive the future of precision agriculture. The trials underway will allow farmers to understand and realize the benefits of an autonomous scouting system first hand, and it will provide us with valuable data to further refine Scout to meet the increasing needs of growers. We are thrilled by the demand for Scout, the first practical drone solution for farmers.”
Reese Mozer, Co-Founder and CEO of American Robotics
“Farmers want to capitalize on opportunities to boost crop health and yield potential throughout the season, but they can’t walk every acre, every day. We believe autonomy will be a key component to the success of in-season scouting technology. We’re excited to be evaluating Scout’s capabilities with one of our agricultural retailers, Mid Kansas Cooperative, and seeing this technology at work.”
Joel Wipperfurth, Director of Ag Technology for WinField United