SlantRange & DroneDeploy Part II: Map Uploads
|Sharing and syncing your SlantRange data is quick and easy with DroneDeploy!|
Part I of our 3-part series on our partnership with DroneDeploy covered the details of using the DroneDeploy flight planner with a SlantRange sensor. In Part II, we’ll be covering the DroneDeploy Map Upload tool, which allows you to upload completed SlantRange maps to your DroneDeploy account.
SlantRange sensors, coupled with our SlantView analytics software, provide agriculture drone service providers with the unique ability to process all of their imagery within a few minutes of completing a flight and without any network connection or cloud uploads required. This provides some huge advantages in efficiency and operating costs for your drone service provider business and, most importantly, provides a grower with immediate information about the status of their field. However, once a network connection is available, cloud software solutions provide an excellent tool for sharing data with clients, syncing data between devices, and archiving data. This is where the DroneDeploy Map Upload tool provides a perfect solution.
Step 1: Generate A Map
Plan, fly, and process your data just as you normally would in SlantView. You do not need to use DroneDeploy for flight planning to use the Map Upload tool, however, note the slightly different process in Step 3 if you do.
Step 2: Export Your Map
Before you export your map, we highly recommend that you crop your map using the SlantView cropping tools. This makes for a cleaner data presentation to your colleagues and clients and also helps make surrounding reference features in the background map more visible. Our cropping tools are covered in our User Guide. Additionally, our app in the DroneDeploy App Market (covered in Part III of this series) allows you to download the boundary from your DroneDeploy flight plan and use it in SlantView to crop your map.
SlantView includes a variety of export options to allow you to share and import your data with other image processing or farm management software tools that you use to support your business. For the DroneDeploy Map Upload tool, you’ll need to export your map as a GeoTIFF.
To do this, display the data layer map you’d like to export in the SlantView Map Window, right-click on the map, and select Export > Maps > Current view > GeoTIFF. The Map Upload tool can currently only upload one map at a time so be sure to select Current view; selecting All views will export a multi-page GeoTIFF that can not be directly uploaded to DroneDeploy.
If the Store locally box was checked upon initial processing, SlantView will save the exported map in a folder named GeoTIFF in C:\SlantRange\Data\[Grower Name]\[Field Name]. Otherwise, the GeoTIFF folder will be created in the folder that was selected to load the dataset. If you are not sure where the files are being saved, the Image Window Title Bar displays the path to the active directory.
Step 3: Upload Your Map
From your computer, log into your DroneDeploy account and view your Dashboard.
If you used DroneDeploy to collect the data you’ll be uploading, select the Flight Plan you used, which should now have an Upload icon.
If you did not use DroneDeploy to collect the data you’ll be uploading, simply click the Upload button at the top right of your Dashboard.
From the Upload screen, give your map a name and then select “Upload your GeoTIFF here” at the bottom of the left pane.
Navigate to the map you exported in Step 2 and click Open. Once the upload is complete, you will see a confirmation message at the bottom of the screen.
Your map will appear in your Dashboard with a Queued icon. You will receive an email once your map has finished processing and it will then appear in your Dashboard with a Complete map icon. Select the map to display your SlantRange data.
Step 4: Annotate, Share, & Sync
Once the map is available in your DroneDeploy account, you can use most of the standard tools provided, including:
- The Location tool to mark locations of interest
- The Distance tool to make linear measurements on the map
- The Area tool to measure zones in acres or hectares
You can easily add comments and photos to each of these features, which will be included when you share the map with your colleagues and clients.
To share a map, simply click the Share icon at the top of the left pane and click:
- Email to send an email with a link to the map
- Link to copy a link to the map
- Embed to copy the HTML to embed the map on another website
Note that there are some DroneDeploy features that are not supported with imported maps, including 3D Model, Elevation, and Volume. The Plant Health tools are intended to be used with RGB or Converted RGB imagery and should NOT be used with SlantRange maps, which are generated from true multispectral imagery.
All of your SlantRange maps, including annotations, will automatically be synced across all of your devices so you’ll have easy access to your data at the office, at home, and in the field.
The DroneDeploy Map Upload tool is a great companion to the rapid, local processing provided by SlantRange. These cloud-based tools allow for seamless syncing across your devices and simple one-click sharing to deliver your SlantRange maps to your clients or for collaborating with your colleagues and co-workers. And all of these tools are included in the free Explorer Plan offered by DroneDeploy.
And while DroneDeploy offers some valuable cloud-based tools, don’t forget that our SlantView plans include unlimited installations, which allows your clients to install SlantView to review the data you collect in the native software environment, leveraging all of the powerful tools we provide, such as real-time access to the original high-resolution data and our Smart Detection feature for creating custom spectral filters on-the-fly. SlantView also provides Shapefile and KML exports as additional easy options for sharing and aggregating your data.
We hope that our partnership with DroneDeploy gives you some valuable tools to make your agriculture drone service business more efficient and profitable. Feel free to provide any feedback in the Comments section.