The Volcani Institute is a group within the Agricultural Research Organization (ARO) in Israel. Icaros and Volcani have teamed up to conduct a series of trials and experiments using remote sensing technology to gather information for agricultural analyses and crop and land-development projects. To date, Icaros has executed over 30 Thermal Infrared (TIR) and RGB (true color) flight missions in 25 locations across Israel. As an Icaros technology partner, the Volcani Institute works with the Icaros team to discover innovations in agriculture, streamline processes and optimize agricultural production. Using aerial photogrammetry and thermal imaging by Icaros, the Volcani Institute hopes to continue to make breakthroughs in innovative farming and agricultural techniques for the state of Israel.
Each flight was made of 1-5 small to medium polygons (areas of interest) over various agricultural crops. These crops included cotton, tomatoes, chickpeas, sunflowers, grapevines, olives, potatoes, almonds, and dates-palms. Icaros’ technology and expertise delivered valuable information about the health of these crops, allowing the ARO to streamline their agricultural processes for optimized crop production.
By executing these missions for the Volcani Institute, Icaros continued our practice of thermal imaging, particularly of arable lands, and found new areas in which we can improve our systems and processes. Since these missions, we’ve improved our ability to geo-reference Thermal Infrared imagery to RGB imagery, creating more accurate final orthomosaic products. We’ve created new methodologies for temperature equalization across the final orthomosaic as a result of the temperature scale of TIR images inherently changing due to the time of day of image capture, which means higher consistency and accuracy of the final product.
Our newly designed software for TIR image conversion improved dramatically based on lessons learned during these missions with the Volcani Institute. We’re now able to convert images from IRB to Tiff format, and from 8bit to 16bit imagery data.
Since completing these missions, Icaros now offers to our customers:
- Thermal mapping of arable areas
- Detection of irrigation defects, in all types of irrigation methods: drippers, sprinklers, canals, center pivot systems, etc.
- Detection and mapping crop water stress in arid and semi-arid areas (after adaptation of local correlation model)
- Mapping agricultural soil water holding capacity in non-irrigated lands
The Volcani Institute continues to work with Icaros on a variety of projects aimed at constantly improving agricultural processes and better understanding their lands and crops. Icaros’ unique solutions and expert team look forward to new innovations in agriculture and working with the Volcani Institute to find the information and tools the ARO needs to move further toward reaching Israel’s agricultural potential.