SAN DIEGO (Oct. 26, 2016) – SLANTRANGE, Inc., a leading provider of next-generation, drone-based remote sensing and analytics systems for agriculture, announced today the issuance of a new patent covering foundational technologies for aerial crop inspection and measurement. Patent 9,470,579, issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will further strengthen SLANTRANGE’s leadership position in the rapidly growing digital agriculture industry.
“SLANTRANGE has pioneered a new approach to generating accurate information from drone-based sensors”, said Michael Ritter, CEO of SLANTRANGE. “We will continue to leverage our expanding intellectual property portfolio to provide value to growers, crop insurers, researchers, futures traders, and the environment.”
Low-altitude remote sensing is opening a new era of digital farming by delivering valuable new types of crop information that were previously impossible or economically impractical to collect. These new systems can:
• Alert growers to areas of nutrient deficiency or pest infestation for earlier and more precise treatment, which saves input and environmental costs and improves yields;
• Enable growers to optimize their management practices with more comprehensive and timely measures of crop health conditions; and
• Enable more accurate insurance and yield forecasting tools by quantifying new metrics of crop health condition throughout the growing season.
These new capabilities are critically dependent, however, on the accuracy of the underlying data.
“SLANTRANGE’s latest patent covers the system and method for ensuring the accuracy of airborne imaging measurements,” said Ritter. “These measurements are subject to changing sunlight or atmospheric conditions, which are well understood within the industry to otherwise corrupt results.”
The patented system and method also incorporate technologies to measure sensor position, orientation, and other environmental variables essential to efficiently reducing raw sensor data to actionable information anywhere in the world.
SLANTRANGE is an agricultural intelligence company that develops and markets sensors and analytics systems designed specifically for the needs of farmers. By quickly providing insights from the field, SLANTRANGE gives farmers more control over agricultural land, helping to reduce operational costs and improve decision making. To learn more, please visit www.slantrange.com.