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Brazilian farmers are adopting drone technology through a new partnership between SimActive Inc., a world-leader in photogrammetry, and precision agriculture services provider Portal Produtos Agropecuários Ltda (Portal).

Portal develops projects in northern Brazil to serve farmers with aerial mapping over agricultural areas, together with high level technical and agronomic assistance, to enable decision making in day to day crop management.  Now, Portal will deliver drone data transformed into actionable information for farmers with SimActive’s Correlator3D.

Correlator3D is an end-to-end solution taking photogrammetry to the next level, providing survey grade accuracy with detailed reports.   The data not only leads to optimized yields and reduced costs for the agricultural season, but can identify potential disasters early on.  “The identification of the presence and damage caused by centipedes was one… example,” says SimActive. “When plant samples from the field were collected to identify the source of the growing anomaly, Portal was able to fly and generate mosaics to spot the problem within 24 hours using Correlator3D and their drones.”

“Correlator3D is agile, reliable, and efficient in processing the high-resolution UAV data we collect, generating high quality mosaics every time”, said Valdir Rago, Agronomic Engineer at Portal. “We tested other commercial UAV data processing apps and found that Correlator3D was the best at delivering the results we need. The friendly interface, also accessible in Portuguese, along with round the clock support from SimActive’s partner in Brazil, ENGESAT, put them in a different league.”

Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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