Inside Unmanned Systems

APR-MAY 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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42 unmanned systems inside   April/May 2017 WEBINAR RECAP » PRECISION AGRICULTURE sponsored by NOVATEL » THE FUTURE OF FARMING How air and ground unmanned vehicles are changing the farming industry. by Renee Knight U nmanned aerial and ground vehicles offer plenty of benefits to the agriculture industry, from providing data that tells farmers exactly where they need to spray pesticides to reducing labor costs. But, of course, there are still challenges to overcome before more farm- ers can make these systems part of their daily operations. Inside Unmanned Systems, Inside GNSS and NovAtel recently presented a webinar that outlines these chal- lenges and looks at how agricultural robots, driver- less tractors and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) will eventually change the industry. The webinar, "The Future of Farming: Unmanned Systems in Agriculture- Innovations in Land and Air," featured panelists JMaj. Gen. James Poss (Ret); Demoz Gebre-Egziabher, a faculty member in the aerospace engineering & mechanics de- partment at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Mel Torrie, founder and CEO of Autonomous Solutions; and Benjamin Schilling, director of sales at NovAtel. UAS and the Ag Industry Panel members took on UAS first, with Poss describ- ing precision agriculture and its benef its. Instead of

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