Ground sensors, whether buried into soil, attached to the plant, or even placed in water, allows us to collect more than just visual aerial data for agriculture (and other) purposes. These sensors are developed by Pragbotix for specific verticals, and usually consist of a mix of probes that capture important hard data. Some examples of information captured are; water table, soil moisture content, pH value, and soil temperature. Pragbotix has filed patents on ground sensor-to-drone communications systems and protocols, which allow us to use very low power ground sensors.
Data is transmitted to our flying STRIX UAV and this is then collated and processed at the STRIX NEST. Although the sensors are currently powered by batteries, alternative power sources are being considered and tested to make the sensors last indefinitely.