Inside Unmanned Systems

OCT-NOV 2018

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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53 October/November 2018  unmanned systems inside cient, and this is helping us to improve productivity." The new technologies are having an impact in that they are making the business more attractive to the next generation of farmers, Schulman said. "It is more interesting to young people now. Drones have become an important part of this process in the untapped potential that regulatory ad- vances will open up. And then there are those farmers who want to take things into their own hands, as has been their custom for untold thou- sands of years. (AGRI)CULTURAL GAP The event in Brussels was an interesting assemblage of politicians, bureaucrats, c on su lt a nt s a nd re a l-l i fe , ha nd s - on workers of the land. One unnamed policy type wanted to know if there wasn't a mismatch some- where: "Here we're speaking about a so- phisticated technology," they said. "Is there a cultural barrier for farmers to get into these technologies?" "Yes and no," Van Der Wal said. "These machines here (pointing to a very big and very high-tech tractor some yards away which, by the way, can be operated in 'un- manned' mode) are full of advanced tech- nologies, but farmers know very well how to use them. The problem is that we, as sci- entists and engineers, we have to make our new technologies understandable to the farmer. So I would say that there is a gap, but it's more on our side than on their side." Max Schulman, an arable farmer from Finland, has been working with unmanned technology for a number of years. "We started already around five years ago," Schulman said, "f irst as just a fun thing, with drones on the farm, just to look at the crops at different times dur- ing the growing season and also during the off season—to learn and to see how nature actually affects the f ields when you're looking at the crops, but also at how water was running after rains, where maybe we should put up certain buffer zones, and so on. Simple, easy things. Of course we're doing more advanced things now, to be more precise and more eff i- 20Si 200Sr The smallest, lightest Mode S Transponders ALL-IN-ONE DESIGN INTEGRATED SBAS GPS/BARO COMPLETE RADAR AND ADS-B VISIBILITY EASY PLUG & PLAY INSTALL 76 grams 250W Transmit 200+ mile range 25 grams 20W Transmit 40 mile range RADAR CONTACT ESTABLISHED

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