senseFly eBee RTK

eBee-RTK-overmineThe senseFly eBee RTK offers surveying and engineering professionals a highly accurate and flexible mapping solution that works alongside your existing base stations. The eBee RTK has a fully integrated workflow, with flight planning and control software supplied. eMotion connects to the base station and broadcasts correction data to the eBee RTK – no additional third-party software is required.

Weighing only 0.73kg the eBee RTK comes in a compact carry-on sized case containing all of the components you need to take to the skies. Set up is quick and easy and launching is even easier – simply attach its wings and shake it three times to start its motor then throw it into the air. The artificial intelligence built into the senseFly autopilot continuously analyses data from the Inertial Measurement Unit and the onboard GPS to control every aspect of its flight, even landing.

Collecting data with the eBee RTK is easy too, with RGB, NIR, RE camera options and the flexibility to use it in one of three ways.

  • Place your base station on a known position and enter the base station’s coordinates and characteristics into eMotion for it to stream correction data to the eBee via the ground modem.
  • Place your base station in a convenient location and let eMotion calculate your base’s approximate position. You can correct the position in post-processing to achieve a high level of absolute accuracy.
  • Or use a virtual reference station by configuring your drone’s eMotion software to receive VRS/NTRIP correction data.

eBee_RTK_workflowUse Postflight Terra 3D professional photogrammetry software, also supplied with your eBee RTK, to process your flight’s photos into geo-referenced 2D orthomosaics, 3D point clouds, triangle models and Digital Elevation Models (DEMs), in just a few clicks. With the eBee RTK’s GSD of down to 1.5 cm, relative orthomosaic/3D model accuracy of 1-3x GSD, and absolute horizontal/vertical accuracy of down to 3/5 cm (without GCPs), you can have full confidence in the accuracy of the outputs you produce. Once you have created your orthomosaic and 3D model, it’s time to put this data to work – for example by measuring distances, taking cross-sections, extracting volume data (all within Postflight Terra 3D), or exporting to third-party software to add GIS data or create custom maps.

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UAVs in agriculture and the eBee Ag

The eBee Ag from Sensefly

We’ve spent the last couple of days at Mobile Tech 2014 speaking with leaders in primary industries about the benefits of UAVs and how they can use this technology to grow their business and the entire industry.

Everyone’s been excited to see how easy it is to collect and manage information with a UAV, and what this information means for business productivity and profitability.

Pix 4D software from Sensefly

Here are some things you can do in agriculture with a UAV at a much lower cost than traditional methods:

  1. Yield monitoring
  2. Drought assessment
  3. Growth monitoring
  4. Tree classification
  5. Plant counting
  6. Biomass indication
  7. Effects of variation of climate on crops

Check out the article published in Position Magazine earlier this year about how one of our customers, Scout Aerial, is using an eBee in the agricultural space with impressive results.

The Sensefly eBee Ag

SenseFly eBee ag

At Mobile Tech 2014, we’ve been talking to delegates about a UAV solution specifically for agriculture;  the eBee Ag from Sensefly, here’s what it’s all about:

Developed specifically for precision agriculture, the eBee Ag collects aerial photography of up to 1,000 ha in a single flight at down to 3cm precision. The complete solution, the eBee Ag includes two advanced software packages, one for flight planning and control and the other for post-flight photogrammetry.


Watch the video below:

More information about the eBee Ag

To find out more about the eBee Ag and how UPG can work with you to get the best results give your local UPG office a call today.

UAV Field Day – come and visit UPG!

The Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute's (SSSI) UAV Field Day

Interested to know more about how an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) can help you to grow your business? Or are you just a bit of a tech geek who loves everything UAV? If you answered yes to either of those, you’ll want to head along to the SSSI UAV Field day in Melbourne next Tuesday!

UPG will be there, along with other UAV vendors, to talk to you about our Trimble and Sensefly systems. First and foremost we’re interested in the work that you do and whether or not a UAS could help you to do this more effectively and cost efficiently. On the day, we’ll be demonstrating how UAVs operate, the data they collect and produce and how the software works. We’d also love to talk to you about the ongoing UAV support, service and training that we can offer. This will mean you’ll really get the most out of your system.

UAV Field Day event details

What: SSSI UAV Field Day

When: Tuesday 20th May, 2014 – 9.15am – 5.30pm

Where: The Pavilion – corner of Whitehorse and Middeborough Road, Box Hill, Melbourne

CPD points: five

Find out more about the event and register here

The Trimble UX5 which will be on show at the SSSI UAV Field Day

Read more about how our customers are using UAVs ahead of the UAV Field Day

Agricultural precision achieved with UAVs


In recent years aerial photography and satellite imagery have helped farmers to monitor the growth and health of their crops, but this can still be difficult and very expensive. The Australian Controlled Traffic Farming Association (ACTFA) successfully received funding last year to trial UAVs as a solution to this problem and they subsequently developed their ‘Eye in the Sky’ project. The project aims to inform farmers of the benefits a UAV can offer, as well as educate UAV suppliers on the needs of the agricultural industry in Australia.

Using UAVs, farmers will be better equipped to monitor fertiliser, pesticide or fungicide experiments, crop diseases and stress and water logging. Scout Aerial have conducted the first test flights using an eBee they purchased from UPG and you can read more about their findings in this article published in Position magazine.