Southeast IBSS Partners Collaborate on Data Collection, Analysis Tools

November 19, 2015

Members of the IBSS partnership from North Carolina and Tennessee have forged a new business partnership leveraging PrecisionHawk’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology and supporting software.

The partnership between the Vonore, Tenn. and Raleigh, N.C.-based agriculture companies pairs Genera’s knowledge and experience on biomass crop performance with remotely sensed aerial images from PrecisionHawk’s aerial vehicles and other sources, including satellite imagery.

The partnership will let biomass crop producers analyze the performance of their biomass acreage using PrecisionHawk’s DataMapper software when paired with a biomass crop data analysis algorithm developed by Genera Energy. The algorithm, based on Genera Energy’s extensive knowledge of lignocellulosic energy crops, will be licensed to PrecisionHawk by Genera Energy and available for download from PrecisionHawk’s “Algorithm Marketplace” alongside other analysis add-ons for monitoring plant characteristics, pests, and disease.

These tools are presented by PrecisionHawk as “decision support tools” providing a “sustainable and efficient path to energy production,” according to Dr. Allison Ferguson, Director of Education and Research Partnerships at PrecisionHawk. Genera Energy Vice President of Business Development Dr. Sam Jackson spoke enthusiastically about adding specialized support for biomass energy production and analysis, describing the partnership as a “win not only for us, but for the entire biomass industry.”

Both Genera Energy and PrecisionHawk have actively supported the IBSS Partnership through research collaborations and demonstrations at the 2015 IBSS Annual Meeting, Crop Technology Field Day, and other venues. For more on this new partnership, a press release is available, “PrecisionHawk Partners With Genera Energy to Build Aerial Analysis Tools for Biomass Crops.”

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