Can you tell us something about DTI?
‘The Danish Technological Institute is a leading Research and Technology Organization, currently employing 1074 specialists and helping more than 10.000 clients a year – representing 65 countries. We pride ourselves of being a multi-disciplinary group of researchers and engineers that look at our client’s challenges in an innovative manner – addressing different expertise to find the best-suited solution for a given task.’
What are your biggest technological challenges at the moment?
‘The limited commercial use of drones in Danish agriculture may directly relate to the fact, that almost all drone tasks in agricultural applications require a high degree of technology maturation, with the drone acting as a service provider (drones-as-a-service, DaaS). AgroTech explores the use of drones and the latest camera and sensors technologies in agriculture, to get useful knowledge for optimizing crops in the field. This could for example be detection of plant diseases, generate biomass index, etc. This is achieved through a series of demonstration cases related to specific needs identified with Danish companies.’
What do you hope people will learn from your presentation at TUS Nordics?
‘Due to the multi-domain nature of DaaS products, DaaS-based companies often depend on outsourced expertise and external data from farmers. The Danish Technological Institute plays a key-role in the Danish context by combining experts from the fields of robotics, agriculture and field trials as well as computer science and machine learning.
Here, we present our experiences and findings from two DaaS projects, aiming at detecting and quantifying plant diseases in two different crops (wheat and sugar beet) based on drone-borne multispectral sensor data and ground-truth data collected in Danish field trials, demonstrating the multi-domain nature of DaaS applications in the agricultural setting, their challenges and solutions.’
What presentation do you hope to give in 5 years?
‘Drones-as-a-service (DaaS) are now a reality and provides farmers with valuable agronomic information in a user-friendly manner. New research and development is presented that continues the integration of drones in machine-2-machine interactions, robotics and fully automatic operation systems for efficient and environment-friendly farming.’