Drones for Agriculture Interface Concept

What if Unmanned Aerial Vehicles will be necessary to feed the 9.6 billion people expected by 2050?

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We expect 9.6 billion people by 2050 and experts expect agricultural consumption to increase by 70% over the same time – What if Unmanned Aerial Vehicles will shape the future of farming?

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) such as drones could soon enhance the data-driven agriculture with fleets or swarms of autonomous drones for monitoring tasks but also for active work such as crop spraying or planting. But there is no air-traffic system for that yet so I challenged myself with a quick design excercise to create an interface concept.

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Bringing big data to precision agriculture with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Delivered real-time data could visualize patterns exposing irrigation problems to soil variation or pest, bacterial and fungal infections. Besides precise satellite pictures, airborne cameras could provide hyperspectral, multispectral and thermal images to analyze healthy/distressed plants, chlorophyll- and nitrogen-levels and more.

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Hyperspectral, multispectral and thermal maps to analyse the work of UAVs. All drones assign their tasks autonomously and the user adjust the spraying and fertilizing strategy.

A few thousands UAVs manage their tasks autonomously after a fertilizing-, spraying- and planting-strategy. The user will be informed about unforeseen events and can intervene accordingly.