08/04/2016

Elecnor Deimos UK & ESA help in the launch of a new precision agriculture product

The leading, award-winning, Scottish precision agriculture specialists based at Hilton of Fern, near Brechin in Angus have chosen Cereals 2016 to launch the new version of their product – EssentialsMap. First launched in 2012, EssentialsMap is an intuitive online farm mapping system allowing customers to manage spatial farm data such as soil sampling, yield mapping and variable rate map production. The new version takes advantage of the wider availability and lower cost of Earth Observation (EO) data to develop this effective online tool.

The brand new cloud-based version takes the user into a unique online environment giving unparalleled data retrieval capability and access to imagery. The EssentialsMap development was co-funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) in an integrated applications R&D project named KORE (Knowledge, Observation, Response, Evaluation) and sees several complementary services integrated into a unified farm management solution. EssentialsMap is the first cloud-based farm management system to be integrated with Trimble‘s Connected Farm which allows variable rate application maps to be sent directly to the user’s Trimble console without using a USB stick. SoilEssentials are delighted to have collaborated with ESA alongside satellite data processing experts- Deimos Space UK Ltd and drone solutions company – G2Way.

Our experience in managing and processing large volumes of EO data has enabled us to combine EO data and UAV data to feed the analytic tools in the new version of EssentialsMap

The  KORE project developed a platform to combine EO imagery from a variety of sources including ESA’s new Sentinel series of satellites, UAV imagery and tractor-mounted sensors to guarantee the availability of remote-sensed data, regardless of weather and cloud conditions. This remote-sensed imagery is captured at a range of scales from centimetre level from UAV’s, 1 to 20 metre for Satellite imagery and tramline width for tractor-mounted sensors. The appropriate EO data is retrieved specifically for the agriculture industry and opens up a new dimension for agronomists and farming companies to increase their land knowledge and offer a unique service to their clients through the EssentialsMap product. Challenging projects like these continually push the boundaries in this fast-moving industry and SoilEssentials stand at the front of the queue to get involved and progress. Managing Director of SoilEssentials, Jim Wilson explains, “Our aim with the KORE project and the new version of EssentialsMap was to create a unique white box web platform for agronomists to rebrand and tailor to their, and their customers’ own needs. We also wanted to dramatically improve the reliability and usability of remote-sensed imagery and we have achieved that with the seamless integration of multiple providers of satellite imagery, UAV images and tractor mounted sensors.”

Michael Lawrence, Business Development Director of Deimos Space UK Ltd tells us “Our experience in managing and processing large volumes of EO data has enabled us to combine EO data and UAV data to feed the analytic tools in the new version of EssentialsMap.”

“By using micro unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) to produce timely high resolution earth surface imagery we support users that require images to observe the key stages of the crop growth cycle,” says Keith Geary, founder of G2Way, “and on the occasions where there are feasibility issues regarding satellite acquisitions due to cloud cover, existing users of EO can also be supported through this avenue.”

Visitors can find SoilEssentials on stand 321 where they will be delighted to talk to you and where you have the opportunity to preview this exciting new farm management solution.

The SoilEssentials expertise lies where technology and good farming practice merge, providing practical solutions designed primarily with agricultural efficiency in mind. With an extensive product and service portfolio, SoilEssentials complement this with their status as authorised Trimble dealer for Northern UK.

Source: Cereals Event & KORE ESA co-funded project & Elecnor Deimos UK

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