DroneSAR is a University of Cape Town spinout company providing low cost Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) sensors and software for the provision of Radio Frequency scattering data and analytics to enhance decision making for precision agriculture and environmental monitoring.
The company grew from over a decade of radar experience in UCT’s Electrical Engineering Department and provides consulting services internationally. Currently the application for precision agriculture is being developed in which unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones fitted with SAR sensors are used to monitor crops. The drones are flown over the fields and a farmer is able to monitor growth, the need for water or developing pest issues.
Drones are coming to the fore at present and although regulations do not permit them to be flown in South Africa, they are able to be flown in the USA and globally legislation is needing to be developed to address the appropriate use of drones.
Visit the droneSAR website to find out about latest developments.