Adept Turnkey is pleased to have supported the ForestTech forestry
conferences in Melbourne and Rotorua NZ earlier in November, by
attending and exhibiting a range of hyperspectral imaging products
suited to that industry.
Hyperspectral imaging is being used for a variety of purposes
including the identification of species, stress due to disease
or soil conditions, seedling survival rates, bush fire analysis,
environmental maintenance and a number of other applications.
Adept Turnkey's Managing Director Marc Fimeri said: "Hyperspectral
cameras have a lot to offer many industries and none more so than
agriculture and forestry. They provide data that cannot be seen
with the human eye and open a window into the chemical composition
at the image pixel level. It's fast, accurate and non-destructive."
Adept Turnkey was one of a dozen exhibitors, the two conferences
attracted a good crowd with over 500 attendees this year. The
conferences are aimed primarily at the techniques and tools used
by authorities and forest management companies to manage natural
and plantation forests. "We primarily exhibited and demonstrated
our airborne hyperspectral imaging products" Marc Fimeri
said. "They were well received and we envisage the technology’s
adoption to continue increasing significantly in coming years".
On show at the conference were Adept Turnkey’s Specim range
of hyperspectral cameras and systems, designed for UAV’s
and for manned aircraft.
Unique studies have been done with Adept’s Specim Fenix
400-2500nm system on manned aircraft, and its unique properties
have given forestry analysts a never-seen-before insight into
the distribution of dieback in eucalypts and conifers.
The FX10 and FX17 offer VNIR (400-1000nm) and NIR (900-1700nm)
bandwidths and are deployed on UAV’s for rapid, small area
This technique has seen a surge in adoption rates and is now becoming
common-place in many industries including Forestry, not only for
hyperspectral but also for Lidar 3D mapping. "We sometimes
see operators flying hyperspectral with Lidar" Mr Fimeri
said. "They complement each other and together provide
more accurate and far more detailed data."
Providing accessiblily in difficult terrain
A particularly interesting presentation at the conference in Rotorua
was that of Professor Ian Yule from Massey University who spoke
about the use of hyperspectral airborne technology for Precision
Professor Yule presented some of the work the University has done
in flying the Fenix
camera over remote and difficult terrain and hill farming
country in New Zealand.
Providing precision farming while saving costs and
The Massey team was able to detect species of grasses growing
and through their spectral signatures, to infer the quality of
soil by indirectly measuring nitrogen, potassium and phosphates.
This data allows a grazier to tailor and deliver fertiliser that
is mixed to the exact needs of the soil with manned aircraft in
locations otherwise difficult to access, and so significantly
increasing productivity and decreasing costs. Professor Yule gave
an example of a farmer who saved $150,000 in a single year.