What’s the best golf course drone? One you don’t have to fly!
While DJI Phantoms are fun and some are beginning to leverage them to improve their turf, on a typical day you have better things to do that take the drone out on a tour of the course.
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
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.
Drones have become common in industries that need to cover a lot of ground like film productions, fossil fuel extraction, archaeological digs, military surveillance, forestry, and agriculture. The field of agronomy has been particularly aided by drones when it comes to studying plant health and management. Drones can capture and analyze small details on individual plants from over a hundred meters high. Farmers are starting to line up for this new technology.
Most every weekday, just before noon, Kevin Hauschel carries his drone to its designated launch site, attaches its propellers and sends an all-systems-go text to a pilot more than 2,500 miles away. Promptly, the drone launches and begins its GPS-programmed, 20-minute flight across Meadow Club’s 18-hole golf course in Fairfax, Calif. It’s a routine that might, for some, get tedious. But Hauschel, golf course superintendent at the San Francisco-area club, watches in wonder. Every time his drone takes wing, he sees something most other superintendents cannot: the future.
Boston, Massachusetts May 31, 2019 – GreenSight, the leading provider of autonomous aerial intelligence has announced a distribution partnership with Smith Turf & Irrigation. With this partnership, Smith Turf & Irrigation will serve as a distributor of the GreensSight product line. As the announcement was made, Jason VanBuskirk, GreenSight VP of Sales and Marketing commented, “GreenSight has developed a robust industry-leading solution to grounds maintenance with our Turfcloud technology. We’re excited to offer Turfcloud through our distribution partnership with Smith Turf & Irrigation.”
At our recent trip to JIFX 19-3, we got a chance to take some great high-resolution imagery of one of the runways on the base. We’ve been thinking about this application for our platform for some time as it is one that we often get asked about. We leveraged the machine learning stage of our data processing pipeline to generate some automated runway quality criteria, detecting cracks and other issues. This is mostly a proof of concept but something we could easily turn into a production reporting capability.