Micasense Altum

(Re)defining Agricultural Drone Sensing

Twice the resolution of other sensors

One Sensor, Countless Applications

Manually measuring plant characteristics is time-consuming. Altum captures more data in less time, allowing researchers to understand how different breeds react to certain environments and modify desirable traits in order to improve yield.

Altum captures visible and invisible spectral bands, as well as thermal imagery. From the different bands, it is possible to generate indices to detect early signs of crop stress and compare over time. Thermal imagery also provides valuable insights into plant health, since sick plants decrease transpiration and that is reflected into slight temperature changes.

Altum thermal imagery can provide powerful insights into water management, helping identify overspray or missed areas by the difference in crop and soil temperature.

Altum's thermal imagery can help on the identification of irrigation leaks since water has a cooling effect on the vegetation. Areas with excessive irrigation will appear noticeable cooler than the rest of the field.

Altum not only allows for easy identification of areas low in nutrients but also help monitor the effects of fertilizer applications throughout the season and determine if, when, and where a new application is needed.

By collecting both multispectral and thermal imagery, Altum can identify diseases before symptoms are visible since the early signs of disease are first apparent in the red edge band and can result in small temperature changes.

Altum captures high-resolution imagery that specialized software and algorithms can use to classify plants in a given field by size, species, and canopy closure.

Some differences among species may not be visible to the naked eye. High-quality multispectral data allows for species differentiation by highlighting characteristics such as chlorophyll content, vigor, and leaf size.

High-resolution multispectral data can feed algorithms information for plant counting, saving farmers hours, and making yield predictions more accurate.

Analytics developed with multispectral data can identify and highlight weeds, as weeds may have a different spectral signature than the planted crop.

High-quality multispectral imagery provides advanced field scouting capabilities. In one flight, it is possible to collect accurate and geotagged information of a problem, making easy to assess the situation and determine the appropriate intervention.

One of the advantages of a calibrated multispectral sensor is the generation of aligned outputs, which can be used to create digital surface models (DSM). A DSM provides insights into water management, land uses and terrain elevation.

Key Features

Calibrated Thermal Sensor

Capture aligned multispectral and thermal imagery in one flight using only one sensor.

Hi-Res Multispectral

Improved resolution means more accurate digital surface models, easier stitching at lower altitudes, and better plant classification and plant counting.

Hi-Res RGB

Five high-resolution lenses mean you get detailed plant health imagery (5.2 cm GSD) and detailed Digital Surface Models all from 400 ft.
Five high-resolution lenses mean you get detailed plant health imagery (5.2 cm GSD) and detailed Digital Surface Models all from 400 ft.

Synchronized Thermal and Multispectral Imagery

The MicaSense Altum captures six bands – red, green, blue, red edge, near-infrared and thermal. The capture of these bands happens at the same moment, making the data easier to align and use for analytics. Also, because there are six bands, data from Altum can be used to create anything from NDVI to digital surface models to thermal heat maps.

Micasense Increases Data Accuracy and Repeatability

You know the benefits of forecasting and data precision. We have a focus on accuracy and repeatability in our data and analysis, so that you can trust the data we help you gather. Take a look at our blog to see multiple case studies that can show you how we do it and how it can help your business.
*** Altum Specs have (slightly) changed! Check the specs table before placing your order to ensure the changes do not affect your integrations or applications. Questions? Please send us an email to [email protected].

Altum Sensor Kit

Integrates a radiometric thermal camera with five high-resolution narrow bands, producing advanced thermal, multispectral and high-resolution imagery in one flight.

The Altum sensor kit comes with: Altum sensor, lens cover, external storage device (USB 3.0) – 128 GB, calibrated reflectance panel, new DLS 2 light sensor with integrated GPS, cables, mounting screws, hard carrying case.

Altum Sensor Kit with DJI Skyport

A revolutionary 3-in-1 solution for unparalleled sensing in a compact package. Ready to integrate with DJI SkyPort compatible drones (Matrice 300, Matrice 200 V1 and V2, and Matrice 210 V1 and V2).

  • Simultaneous capture of five discrete spectral bands and thermal images.
  • Enhanced image resolution on multispectral images enabling high resolution applications.
  • High capacity USB storage.
  • DLS 2 with embedded GPS for easier integration, enhanced light calibration.

The Altum SkyPort sensor kit comes with: Altum sensor, SkyPort adapter, lens cover, external storage device (USB 3.0) – 128 GB, calibrated reflectance panel, new DLS 2 light sensor with integrated GPS, cables, compass, hard carrying case, and DLS2 mast kit.

*Integration with DJI M210 RTK drone has not been validated, therefore we cannot ensure compatibility.

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