Inside Unmanned Systems

FEB-MAR 2017

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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9 unmanned systems inside February/March 2017 ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. "WE KNOW THE ALGORITHM forwards and backwards and we can easily tweak it to adapt to different customer needs." Matthias Meulien, Delair-Tech software engineer OF COUNTING sunf e Immediate Connection "Our relationship with Delair-Tech really started by chance in 2015," said Boris Calvet, Maisadour Semences' agriculture assistant for Spain and Southern France. "A meeting had been planned in Riscle, not far from Maisadour's headquarters in southwestern France, where Delair-Tech was expected to deliver a presentation to seed producers about identifying potential agricultural applications for their drones." Calvet said one of his superiors heard about the meeting and he and some of his colleagues decided to attend "just in case." As it happened, the event was a success. The Delair-Tech pitch was convincing and a relationship was born. "The Delair-Tech presentation made us think about a possible application for plant counting," Calvet said. "We didn't even contact any other companies. We really saw it as an opportunity and moved quickly." Once the outlines for the project were set, the technical wizards went to work. "On the Delair-Tech side, Yann Ameho wrote the first version of the plant-counting algorithm and then I extended it for row and gap identi- fication," Meulien explained. "Both Yann and I have a deep background in mathematics and computer sciences and we also bring an under- standing of image processing techniques." "Most important," Meulien said, "is the fact that all of the development was done by people from our Delair-Analytics team: We know the algorithm forwards and backwards and we can easily tweak it to adapt to different cus- tomer needs, whether you're talking about trial fields with micro-plots or not, convex fields or not, exotic output format, etc." "WE KNOW THE sunflowers companies. We really saw it as an opportunity

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