By Advanced Navigation
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation has recently developed the Phenomobile. The Phenomobile is a phenomic crop monitoring system which offers a non-destructive and high throughput method of measuring crop health and performance.Read more
Advanced Navigation’s Spatial system plays a key role in the operation of the Phenomobile allowing autonomous control and geo-referencing.
Spatial is a ruggedized miniature GPS aided inertial navigation system and AHRS that provides accurate position, velocity, acceleration and orientation under the most demanding conditions. It combines temperature calibrated accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers and a pressure sensor with an advanced GNSS receiver. Spatial provides highly precise, centimetre level accuracy positioning and orientation information. The miniature design, high accuracy and low cost makes it an attractive options for a wide range of navigation & positioning applications.
In the past, farmers and agriculturalists have had to rely on time consuming and destructive methods to gather data on crop performance. “Phenomobile Lite can undertake non-destructive measurement of the above-ground canopy to measure plant height or estimate biomass or leaf area.“
Advanced Navigation’s Spatial system allows the Phenomobile to measure crop performance efficiently, quickly and economically, over time. The data can be used to examine the effects of environmental factors on crop performance and allow farmers to optimise their yields.