We are often asked about our business: What exactly do you do?
Well, we help YOU grow and manage better by using BETTER DATA!
We get better data because we have better, state-of-the-art, robotic tools and sensors, and can get to you with our tools quicker than you may think, for a reasonable price.
We don't use satellite's, manned helicopters, or manned aircraft to gather your data, which can be very expensive and a headache to manage/schedule. We use UAV and UAS to gather our data in a quick, efficient, time and cost-saving way. Less time means less cost, which means more savings in your pocket.
1. What are UAV / UAS?
UAV and UAS are acronyms that stand for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), or Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). These technological robotic machines are not automatic - that is they do not fly themselves without human intervention. While the aircraft itself may not be manned, the overall control system being used in certainly manned by a qualified, trained and experienced flight operator.
2. How much land area do you typically cover / scan / analyze / report-on in an average day?
Our flight operations currently average between 1,500 and 2,000 acres per day!!
Our UAV's have cumulatively flown the distance equal to flying on a manned aircraft from Calgary, AB to Victoria,BC round-trip, with some extra leftover for a round-trip north to Fort McMurray. We have almost 1,000 man hours with our equipment meaning your data gathering will happen safely and professionally, by certified Project Managers and trained technicians.
3. What types of services can be delivered to clients On-Demand? Why is this?
Services that can be delivered On-Demand include any services that meet the Transport Canada Special Flight Exemption Requirements for UAS under 2kg. There are 58 different requirements that must be met in order to deliver On-Demand services. If we are not able to fly On-Demand, then we can file an SFOC with Transport Canada to obtain regulatory approval for the flight and data capture. If an SFOC is required, it can take up to 120 business days to obtain this approval, so please plan your project accordingly. All UAS flight operators in Canada are bound by the same timelines.
4. Why does it make sense to outsource these services?
You and your data are in GREAT hands.
5. Are you insured? How?
Yes, we are fully insured against all liabilities. We carry the maximum allowable insurance amounts for all required flight and ground risks ($5M). All of our non-flight equipment is fully insured as well.
6. Why is UAV/UAS safety so important?
Safety is paramount to everything we do. Safety is our first priority in all of our operations. We follow Transport Canada regulations very stringently and insist on establishing and maintaining safe flight operations at all times. UAV's are basically flying lawnmowers, with robotics and GPS technologies included. One brief moment of a loss of situational awareness can spell disaster for the client, spectators, operators and their equipment. You will definitely notice a marked approach to safety when we show up on site.
7. Is my data safe? How?
Absolutely! We take data privacy, data security and data retention policies very seriously. In Alberta, your digital information is protected in law by the PIPEDA Act of Alberta (Personal Information and Protection of Electronic Documents Act). As such, it is our policy that any data we may capture on your behalf remains, at all times, your property. We will not use your data in any manner without your expressed informed consent, and we will not share your data with anyone except you, ever.
Beware of other UAV companies who use and promote cloud-based data-processing services. These UAV manufacturers make extra profit from end-use customers by having a 3rd-party data company process YOUR data on THEIR servers, and then charging extra for producing individual reports. By doing this you needless expose yourself to data privacy breaches, 3rd-party sale of your data, and housing of your data for possible government and company research and profit. IN-FLIGHT Data processes your data on secure, in-house facilities and your data never crosses international boundaries, where it can be subject to strict US and international laws surrounding data storage. IN-FLIGHT Data will also provide access to all of the data maps generated as a result of our custom processes and never charge customers for each map, unlike our competitors.
8. Is your business locally owned and operated? Where are you based?
YES! We are locally owned and operated. Our primary base of operations is located SSW of Okotoks, AB. We have been in the Southern Alberta area for five (5) generations and we plan on being here for many more to come!
9. What is the quality of the data you obtain?
In a word: Stunning! We are able to capture 4K Ultra-HD (UHD), 2.7K (HD+), 1440p (HD+), 1080p (HD) in common formats (RAW, JPG) at up to 18MP.
We have a full complement of narrow-band (RGB, Red-Edge, NIR) and multi-band (4-band 32-bit) spectral imagers, in addition to thermal imaging and video (MIR, SWIR) in resolutions of up-to 18MP. Our ground resolution can be as low as 2.5cm per pixel.
We use these super-high-resolution images to digitally stitch high-quality mosaic images together into one user-controlled image.
10. What is NDVI?
NDVI stands for Normalized Difference Vegetation Index. It is a mathematical algorithm that uses Near-Infra-Red photography to determine the health of flora. It analyzes the photosynthesis process and provides valuable information to farmers and agriculture professionals about under-spraying, over-spraying, pest control issues and other concerns. We can survey your field and crops down to 2cm x 2cm accuracy. This data can then be uploaded to your farm equipment to let the onboard computers control chemical and fertilizer applications, reducing chemical and spray costs by 25-40%, as indicated by the University of Kansas.
This information is not required to be uploaded to any GPS farm equipment. Sometimes just a mosaic photo or two is enough to provide valuable insight and direction to your farming or agriculture operations.
11. What are Ortho-Rectified Mosaics?
Ortho-rectification is the process of correcting imagery for distortion using elevation data and camera model information, so that the scale variation of the image correctly corresponds to a map projection throughout the image. This is really useful for GIS applications, custom mapping and other uses where very high levels of imagery accuracy is required for operations.
Image distortion can come from a number of different sources including the terrain monitored, elevation of surface features, data collection geometry, and from the camera itself.
Mosaics are the final product of a complex process that takes many images, often hundreds or thousands of them, and "stitches" them together into one single referenced image. Google Earth imagery is a great example of a mosaic.
The 2015 Old Farmer's Almanac Canadian Edition published as one of their
top trends for 2015 and 2016, the use of "...imagery to predict drought and crop yields."
This technology is not just for your crops either,
it can be used for both your crops AND land.
See Question #7 to find out how IN-FLIGHT Data keeps YOUR data, privacy and personal information safe and secure by keeping all of your data here in Canada
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