SoilEssentials Ltd, the award-winning, Scottish precision ag specialists are ready to introduce their new cloud-based land management platform at Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany 12-18th November. Three years ago they embarked on this ambitious project, supported by the European Space Agency (ESA) and in collaboration with Deimos Space UK, the British branch of Elecnor Deimos. Managing Director Jim Wilson recognised an opportunity when it was apparent there were advantages to be gained with the wider availability and lower cost of Earth Observation (EO) data.
The platform combines EO imagery from a variety of sources including ESA’s newest Sentinel series of satellites, UAV imagery and tractor-mounted sensors – to guarantee the availability of remote-sensed data, regardless of weather and cloud conditions. This remote-sensed imagery is captured at a range of scales from centimetre level from UAV’s, 1 to 20 metre for Satellite imagery and tramline width for tractor-mounted sensors. The appropriate EO data is retrieved and opens up a new dimension for agronomists and farming companies to increase their land knowledge and offer a unique service to their clients through the KORE product. KORE is a web-based precision farming tool box to manage variation through space and time with an interface where software, hardware, services and research come together to provide an ever-expanding innovative and exciting land use management solution.
Challenging projects like these continually push the boundaries in this fast-moving industry and SoilEssentials stand at the front of the queue to get involved and progress. Managing Director of SoilEssentials, Jim Wilson explains, “Our aim with KORE was to create a unique white box web platform for agronomists to rebrand and tailor to their, and their customers’ own needs. We also wanted to dramatically improve the reliability and usability of remote-sensed imagery and we have achieved that with the seamless integration of multiple providers of satellite imagery, UAV images and tractor mounted sensors.”
Michael Lawrence, Business Development Director of Deimos Space UK Ltd tells us “Our experience in managing and processing large volumes of EO data has enabled us to combine EO data and UAV data to feed the analytic tools in KORE.”
“By using quadcopter unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) to produce timely high resolution earth surface imagery we support users that require images to observe the key stages of the crop growth cycle,” says Robert Ramsay, Technical Director of SoilEssentials “and on the occasions where there are feasibility issues regarding satellite acquisitions due to cloud cover, existing users of EO can also be supported through this avenue.”
Visitors can find SoilEssentials and KORE on stand J29 in Hall 15 where they will be delighted to talk to you and have the opportunity to see this exciting new farm management solution.
The SoilEssentials expertise lies where technology and good farming practice merge, providing practical solutions designed primarily with agricultural efficiency in mind. With an extensive product and service portfolio, SoilEssentials complement this with their status as authorised Trimble dealer for Northern UK.
Elecnor Deimos UK branch is based in Harwell, near Oxford, has extensive experience in design, engineering and systems integration in the aerospace, satellite systems, remote sensing, information systems and telecommunications network sectors and is involved in the majority of ESA programmes including exploration, Earth observation, satellite navigation, launchers and human space flight.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.