Bluesky Aerial Images Help Outfield Reveal Secrets of Farm
December 04, 2018 -- Ultra high resolution aerial photography and 3D landscape models from Bluesky are helping Outfield Technologies develop innovative image recognition techniques to improve agricultural land management and crop production. In addition to the pioneering research project, the Bluesky data is also providing estate managers with up to date and accurate mapping for subsidy applications, planning proposals and corroboration of existing data and reports.
Supported by the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative, with funding from the UK Government Local Growth Fund, Outfield commissioned Bluesky to capture 7,000 hectares of 5 centimetre resolution photography. Covering farmed land, environmental focus areas and woodland, on a large estate in East Anglia the detailed record of land usage and crop types, for example, is helping with the development of machine learning algorithms to accurately identify features across different datasets and landscapes.
“We use a host of analysis software including off the shelf, open source and proprietary packages on our platform to derive useful data from drone images and more traditional aerial survey data,” commented Jim McDougall, Commercial Director of Outfield Technologies. “By combining neural networks for image recognition with the Bluesky data we’re developing an automated classification process to help improve decision making for a range of applications.”
Bluesky also supplied Outfield with a photogrammetrically derived 3D model of the...