RoboFlight Systems acquires Aerial Precision Ag
“This move allows us to fully capitalize on the tremendous growth in the market place. RoboFlight will be the first and only single source solution for a producer who is looking to use UAV’s to properly collect images temporality for a given crop, then rectify, analyze, prescribe and finally port into a prescription for their respective implement equipment”, said Phil Ellerbroek, RoboFlight’s director of global sales. “Producers can independently collect their own data or they have the option of having this step outsourced by our regional service provider network. The data has to properly reach the equipment, otherwise it is noise. Because our expanding dealer network consists primarily of local implement providers, it means that the producer will be sure that the data is properly delivered through existing trusted relationships who are familiar with the equipment they have in their fields on a daily basis, including planters, sprayers and monitors.”
RoboFlight offers hardware sales, hands-on UAS flight training and operation classes, data acquisition, processing and management through is growing dealership network which covers nearly a third of the United States geographically. Existing customers range from independent producers, cooperatives, and chemical and seed manufacturers. In the month of January 2014, RoboFlight contracted to service nearly 400,000 acres for the 2014 growing season. Its largest contracted customer farms just over 75,000 acres. Following months have seen similar amounts of additional contracted acres for 2014. Acres included a broad spectrum of more than 30 crop varieties from corn, to pumpkin, to potatoes.
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