These new features, based on industry feedback, provide expanded functionality and are planned for rollout in March 2020.
Additionally, Sony Electronics, which currently offers its Smart Agriculture Solution in the U.S., expects to begin offering the solution in Australia starting next month to meet the diverse and demanding agricultural needs of the continent.
With the launch of Sony’s version 2.0 software update, the enhanced agriculture solution consisting of a drone-mounted multispectral sensing unit and Fast Field Analyzer image analytics software for in-the-field crop management, monitoring and insights, will add Sony’s imaging and AI-based technology for stand counting. This will allow growers to assess planting quality, enabling replanting decisions to be made earlier and with greater accuracy. The version 2.0 update will allow growers to precisely analyze large areas with ease.
After close collaboration with several agronomy companies, including Syngenta, that are immersed in diverse aspects of farming – from drones, to mapping and analytics – the latest Smart Agriculture Solution software enables a more intelligent, more flexible and more robust way to count and evaluate early-stage row crops, with capabilities for variable and uniform seeding rates. These enhancements were designed to create a more powerful and capable solution that better serves agronomists and offers end-to-end support for replanting decisions, which can be made minutes after flight, without the need for an Internet connection.
Additional benefits of the version 2.0 software’s stand count feature include a more accurate representation of the field achieved by wide-area comprehensive sampling, which enables sectional replanting to save time and maximize yield. Furthermore, the solution offers insights for assessing the quantity and quality of a planting, such as “Skip” or “Double” rate, which provide valuable data that can drive decision making into the next season.
Version 2.0 of Sony’s Smart Agriculture Solution also offers the ability to evaluate data from multiple angles. With a powerful new side-by-side comparison capability, users can now compare variable planting maps versus actual emergence, track historical progress of the NDVI before and after the treatment, and compare NDVI and historical yield maps for yield estimation. With the comparison feature, the quality of the analytics tied to field scouting increases and becomes more efficient, empowering agronomists to provide reasoned advice to the growers they support.
Version 2.0 software is planned to be available in March 2020. Current users will be able to automatically download the free upgrade at pro.sony.