Wait, what?! Midterms? Isn’t that something I dealt with in school? Technically, yes. But, even in the professional environment, the anxious feeling of taking midterms occurs. It’s right around this time every year, regardless of your location. Maybe your weather has been completely unbearable and as a result, disease or pests have riddled your property. But, unpredictably you relied on that rainstorm to pass through because your pump station couldn’t maintain pressure overnight. Or maybe you wanted to add that extra protectant to your tank mix but didn’t quite have it in the budget. Perhaps your staff has been somewhat unreliable and caused a communication breakdown in maintenance. Membership asked for greens to be rolled after the cut, but with the current staff size, it just isn’t possible. If you’ve made this far, you’re probably nodding your head in agreeance or at least smirking thinking about all of the other problems that you have on your property. You’re a control freak in an uncontrollable environment. Congratulations. That’s the best part about being a superintendent.
In my earlier years of managing turf, a mentor once told me that if I hadn’t lost grass, then I would lose it someday. Or maybe he was referring to my hair? Just kidding, I still have plenty! Managing a golf course can be a stressful job with numerous problems. Problems that would be much easier to control if they were more predictable. This industry is known for adaptation. Adapting to schedule changes, weather patterns, spray programs, and even new technologies has become a normal place in the role! Technology continues to prove itself for the betterment of your playing conditions.
Here at GreenSight, those problems have always been a part of our brain. Hence the reason TurfCloud and TurfSight were created. By using your daily imagery, you have the ability to not just harness a nice picture daily, but you’re able to create a story for yourself, your staff, and ultimately your membership. You’re even capable of explaining to the exact hour how much you’ve invested in triplexing greens versus hand-mowing. Or how much sand you’ve added to those new greed-side bunkers on the 4th hole. If you happen to see Mr. Smith on 12th green while changing cups, you’ll sound like a genius knowing more data and intricate detail thanks to the proven technologies that TurfCloud is able to present.
It might only be July, but it’ll be here soon enough. Temperatures cooling off, disease pressures disappearing, membership praising conditions even though you haven’t really changed your processes, heck, you might even start putting on a jacket for your morning rounds. Midterms will be over before you know it and another season will be under your belt!
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As a drone flight took off quietly and without fanfare over Manito Golf & Country Club in Spokane, WA last week, those of us here at GreenSight headquarters in Boston were high-fiving and whooping it up. Why? Well, it’s not every day that we get to celebrate company milestones, and the Manito drone flight marked GreenSight’s five thousandth flight since the company’s inception in 2015.
For the past four years, GreenSight has served clients by combining the best in drone hardware, machine piloting technology, and multiple sensors to provide thorough and precise aerial data collection. Although many customers still view drones as a novelty, our client base has been able to stay ahead of problems using our near “bulletproof aerial intelligence technology.”
One of the ways this drone technology has proved invaluable to customers is in tuning irrigation systems on golf courses. Since May 2018, Manito has been using GreenSight’s autonomous aerial intelligence to measure moisture conditions on their fairways. “Moisture levels are more apparent from the high-resolution aerial photos than from walking the course and we can see the whole course,” said Manito’s superintendent, Tim Ansett. Customers are seeing reductions in water consumption of over 10% utilizing the system to make daily adjustments, while also boosting quality. Even beyond the environmental and play performance benefits this can translate into monetary savings of up to $50k per year.
Not only did GreenSight’s technology impact and improve Manito’s moisture monitoring, but it was also a big factor in helping them select Toro Central and Satellite Controls for their recent irrigation system upgrading. “We are looking forward to eventually having the ability to overlay the daily images onto our irrigation map, making sprinkler head time adjustments more accurate and efficient,” said Ansett. GreenSight and the Toro Corporation plan to tightly integrate GreenSight's platform with Toro's industry leading computerized irrigation controls.
Although Manito just happened to be the company that helped us hit our noteworthy 5,000 drone flight mark, we’re grateful for all of the customers that use our powerful technology. And we’re looking forward to more celebratory milestones in the very near future! At our current rate, we'll be well over 10,000 flights by the end of 2019.
GreenSight has built the world's most turnkey automated aerial intelligence platform using drones. We make it trivially easy to use drone data to optimize YOUR business. We are actively servicing customers in agriculture (including golf course turf), infrastructure monitoring (like runways), construction and security. We are a full stack technology company, designing and manufacturing the worlds longest endurance electric multicopter, coupled with our patent pending imaging sensors and ultra-fast cloud/edge image processing pipeline. We can provide our off the shelf intelligence platform, or integrate with your enterprise platforms through our comprehensive API.