Hyperspectral imagery collection with COTS drones for Mapping/Analysis in ArcGIS

By Headwall Photonics Inc

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Today, crop scientists, biologists, geologists, mining prospectors, mission planners, and infrastructure/asset managers are coming to Headwall to deploy hyperspectral imaging technology. They use Headwall’s services to monitor their areas of interest more effectively for change, gain a competitive edge, identify unknown unknowns, and validate critical environmental information, allowing them to address business and regulatory requirements. Below are a few markets that Headwall serves and some short descriptions of how our solutions are being used to support critical decisions. Precision Agriculture: Applications benefit from hyperspectral imaging’s inherent advantages of remote, non-contact imaging and ability to cover large areas quickly. Headwall hyperspectral imaging systems can be placed on drones, suspended from gantries in greenhouses, or used as part of standalone or benchtop scanners. The imagery is used to better detect vegetative health, phenotyping, waste streams, and yield estimates more frequently and with better spectral/spatial resolution than using traditional satellite imagery. Mining: Drones and field systems with hyperspectral imaging are growing as prospecting and mining companies adopt technology to increase efficiency and enhance safety. Mapping of the surface mineralogy with hyperspectral data supports prospecting and grading and sorting of raw materials, improves yield estimates, and monitors waste streams at a more frequent rate than satellite imagery. Environmental Monitoring: When monitoring greenhouse gases (GHG), water quality, infrastructure right of ways, and land classification and use, hyperspectral imagery provides unique insights over visual and multispectral imagery because the mapped results yield more accurate ground truth and, hence, generate better business decisions. Border, Defense & Security: Hyperspectral imagery supports this market by detecting and mapping changes to land around borders and in areas of interest. These insights can give planners an indication of the types of equipment and personnel that were operating in the area. Planners can also better determine if dangerous artifacts were left behind that could impair operations and the safety of soldiers; this information can easily be mapped in ArcGIS for dissemination to troops and locals.


Agriculture, Defense, Environmental Management, Forestry, GIS, Intelligence, Marine, Mining, Water Resources, Water, Wastewater & Stormwater

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