Realizing profitability with BVLOS UAV precision agriculture
As an alternative to expensive manned aviation or limited ground-based observation, drones have the potential of realizing profitability with BVLOS UAV precision agriculture. Unmanned aerial surveying allows farmers to improve productivity as well as maximize the quality and yield of their crops.
In addition to data capture, drones can be used to plant seeds, apply pesticides, and perform a variety of other tasks with much greater speed and precision than manual methods can achieve.
With the ability to deliver imagery and sensor data that beats dated and low-resolution and/or non-cost-effective methods, the demand for drone-based precision agriculture is on the rise. This demand is driven by the advancement and increased accessibility of drones for agricultural use.
Owners of large farms spanning hundreds or thousands of acres can especially stand to benefit from drone technology. It will allow them to cover their entire holdings in days instead of taking weeks or possibly months. Moreover, Gathering real-time data will assist with decision-making and action-taking almost immediately. In fact, these are vital elements given the seasonal nature of farming and the need to quickly take advantage of fleeting weather conditions.
The bottlenecks in scaling up for economic viability
Currently, regulatory landscapes around the world are making it difficult to turn this dream into reality. In most countries, operating a drone is largely limited to visual line-of-sight (VLOS), even in rural areas. That means that drones can fly at most around 500 meters away from their operators. For an agricultural professional with a lot of lands to cover, this means hard labor. Driving from field to field, setting up and repacking the drone each time, and painstakingly trudging through the work in a piecemeal fashion. This excessive drain on time and resources will quickly destroy any perceived efficiency boost from using This excessive drain on time and resources will quickly destroy any perceived efficiency boost from using unmanned aircraft technologies.
In order to realize the advantages of economy of scale, and to enable autonomous operations with fleets of drones, BVLOS (beyond visual line of sight) flights will be required. As anyone following the ever-changing drone industry knows, the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other aviation regulatory bodies keep a tight leash on BVLOS operations. They approve only a small proportion of the requests for authorization that they receive.
The good news is that the game is slowly changing.
If you can prove that your BVLOS drone platform is safe, ultra-reliable, and up to spec, your chances of getting on the road to certification increase significantly.
A foolproof solution for long-range drone precision agriculture
The Halo platform, powered by Elsight’s 6th sense technology, provides an unprecedented solution for BVLOS operations. Halo is the key to overcome barriers to BVLOS drone certification – connectivity and safety. Agricultural holdings that span vast areas may vary dramatically in the availability of drone communication options. Moreover, regulators require assurance that your long-range drone platforms can continue to operate seamlessly. In addition, regulators seek safety factors with foolproof failover protection, no matter the network conditions.
The versatile, highly reliable 6th sense technology powering Halo, aggregates any available network in any given location. That creates a secure communications tunnel that automatically selects the most suitable options in any environment. The system allows you to stay connected with an always-on solution for both data and command & control that can be easily established from anywhere, to anywhere. Halo delivers the promise of failover protection while maintaining a steady connectivity stream at all times.
Halo allows your BVLOS agricultural solutions to work at an unlimited range with unlimited scalability. This provides drones with the ability to safely integrate into farm environments. Now is the time to take advantage of large-scale operations. Making precision agriculture both efficient and economically viable for everyone is now a no-brainer.
Drone Source EP. 4: Interview with Richard Nichols, Founder of Airwards and Scott Jonasz, VP of Global Sales & Alliances at Elsight
On the July 18th, 2021 episode of the Drone Source podcast, host Asaf Raz spoke with Richard Nichols, founder of Airwards and Scott Jonasz, VP…Learn More
Part 4: The $45 Billion Commercial UAV BVLOS road to profitability
The previous parts in this series of articles took a high-level overview of the first steps and considerations on the journey towards a certifiable, profitable…Learn More
The Path to a profitable BVLOS drone business: Set up for success
Solving complex problems with cutting-edge technology sounds like a dream job for many people, and carving out a piece of the fast-growing unmanned industry by…Learn More
Regulatory aspects of SWaP and must-have components for BVLOS drones
Regulatory aspects of SWaP In the previous parts (Part 1 Part 2) we have established that thanks to the powerful combination of cloud computing and…Learn More
Drone Source EP. 2: George Kirov of Dynamic Strategies & Concepts
On the May 6th, 2021 edition of Drone Source, host Asaf Raz spoke with George Kirov, the Managing Director of Dynamic Strategies & Concepts and…Learn More
Drone Source – Elsight’s Yoav Amitai on Connectivity, BVLOS, and Growth
On the February 13th, 2021 episode of Drone Source, host Asaf Raz spoke with Yoav Amitai, Chief Executive Officer for Elsight. Prior to his work…Learn More
The Future of Connectivity: Scaling BVLOS UAV Operations
The global beyond-line-of-sight (BVLOS) unmanned-aerial-vehicle (UAV) market worth $18.87 billion in 2018 is projected to climb to a value of $34 billion by 2029. This…Learn More
Expanding boundaries with BVLOS mapping and surveying
Expanding boundaries with BVLOS mapping and surveying The geospatial industry has been one of the most widespread and enthusiastic adopters of drone technology. When you…Learn More
BVLOS SWaP Mini-Guide: Part 2 – Take advantage of cloud computing
In Part 1 of this article, we revealed that modern connectivity technologies have the potential to unlock and revolutionize Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS)…Learn More
BVLOS SWaP Mini-Guide: Part 1 – balancing between payload and airtime
It’s time to dominate the BVLOS market As the drone industry moves closer to widespread Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) adoption, a whole new set…Learn More
Guide - Seize your piece of the $45 Billion dollar drone market
We know what lies ahead for you, if it’s BVLOS, regulation, integration, partnerships or revenue orchestration, so we decided to create a guide, that will make sure you won’t miss a thing!Download now
On-Demand Event: The Halo Value Investment Program explained
Learn about the benefits of the Halo Value Investment Program and how it can help you scale your BVLOS operationsWatch now
Guidebook - BVLOS SWaP guide
All you need to know about drone SWaP tradeoffs - It's time to get your drone ready for BVLOS with the optimal size, weight and power balanceDownload now
Case Study: Gadfin Aerologistics systems - A success story
Learn more about how Elsight's drone enabling technology helped Gadfin achieve their business goalsDownload now
Data Sheet: Halo BVLOS Drone Technology
Connect - Beyond the line of sight, Get Certified, and ScaleDownload now
Ebook: BVLOS across the drone industry
The most informative BVLOS vertical ebook that will help you go from limited LOS to exponential business growthDownload now
Guidebook: The Ultimate Guide for Drone Connectivity 2021
All the secrets you need to know about drone connectivity for any kind of operationsDownload now
Data Sheet: Halo Makes Agriculture Smart
Connecting farmers to the field,
On-Demand Webinar: Scaling BVLOS UAV operations
Learn about Scaling BVLOS autonomous UAV operations - The new era of UASWatch now