The Promise and Reality of Aerial Imaging

Erin Winick at MIT Tech Reviews published an article about the tech revolution in farming. We thought it deserved a deeper dive.


The promise of aerial imaging entices the agricultural community; the reality falls far short of the promise. However, new intelligent analysis algorithms are closing the gap between promise and reality.


On the promising front: Farmers can now use drones to capture aerial images of their fields. This lets them visually inspect their crops without having to walk thousands of acres. Image resolution is every bit as good as an in-person visual inspection.


But aerial imagery doesn’t really solve the problem; it just moves the problem from the land to the computer.


Aerial imagery generates up to 10GB of images an hour. That means the farmer has to inspect thousands of images rather than walk thousands of acres. It’s mentally exhausting work. And it increases the likelihood he’ll miss important visual clues about the health of crops.


The real opportunity for dramatic improvement lies not in aerial imagery, but in intelligent analysis of aerial imagery.  IntelinAir’s intelligent, automated image analysis scans all those images, locates and identifies anomalies, and then alerts the farmers about the nature and location of the problem.


And it does it in far less time than an army of scouts walking the fields, for a fraction of the cost.


For more information, contact or see the IntelinAir website.

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