We are developing a completely autonomous drone platform for agricultural use, mainly focusing on bird scaring, surveillance and crop monitoring. With the accompanying mobile application, the farmers can deploy our drone at anytime from anywhere.
Bird damage in agriculture has always been a problem around the globe. Whether they eat up seedlings or damage fruits, the plantation owners have monetary loss. Farmers need an easy yet effective solution, but current scaring techniques either require too much effort, not viable for larger plantations, or are simply not effective, as birds get used to it.
Another issue is the lack of data. Farmers just apply fertilizers and pesticides in large doses without knowledge of the affected areas. This results in a waste of resources, not to mention the environmental damage.
To solve both problems, we are using a specifically designed drone, which is an exceptional scaring device due to its randomized flying pattern. Furthermore, it can collect critical information of the fields which the farmers can access through our application. In addition, we have developed a fully autonomous platform that shelters, recharges, and controls the drone.
At NAUST Robotics we believe in implementing drone technology for everyday issues, and thus achieving a more efficient and sustainable world.