Japan's pest-zapping drone

Agri Drone
Japan (Saga)

With rice being a major staple of diet in Japan, agriculture is a massively important industry. Japanese IT firm OPTiM and Saga University have developed a drone to rid farmland of its nasty pests to keep ahead of the game.

The primary targets for the Agri Drone are the insects that damage rice fields. Primarily used at night, the drone flies over fields with a UV bug zapper to keep crops safe. It uses infrared and thermal cameras to shoot a precise dose of pesticide to hotspots where harmful insects are conjugating, using less pesticide that normal aerial applications.

So why is this drone so special? Many farmers struggle with the need to keep crops safe from destruction, without contaminating soil. Few of the current drones available are used for directly combating with targeted attacks and many require a level of manual control in conjunction with mounted cameras. However, Agri Drone is capable of fully autonomous patrol, targeting and destroying of 50 different types of pest – including midges and moths.

Watch it in action:

Written by

Michelle Hardiman (19 July 2016)

Project leader

Shunji Sugaya, President, OPTiM Corporation

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  1. Muhammet Karasahin

    Dear Authorized,

    We are preparing a project that title is “Availability of Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Phenotyping Selection in Wheat Breeding Nurseries” We would like to use your agridrone.

    We need some inquiry about your agridrone system that details are below:

    -The format (such as resolution) and type (such a stiff, jpeg, mpeg) of the image output provided by the camera or system,
    -The images that are recorded (such as NDVI, NIR, Visible,….),
    -The type and capacity of the memory is used for recording images,
    -Technical specifications of the Drone and specifications of hardware on its (such as payload, load capability, flight distance, speed, GPS, remote control distance, gyroscope, magnetometer),
    -Specifications of the ground control unit.

    Please send us detail info and best price offer.

    Kindly regards.

    Assist. Prof. Dr. Muhammet Karasahin

    Necmettin Erbakan University,
    Eregli Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
    Dept. of Biosystem Engineering
    Eregli, Konya, Turkey

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