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.