13/11/2017

KORE, a new web platform to revolutionise land use, presented at Agritechnica 2017

KORE is a new cloud-based land management platform developed by the Scottish precision agriculture specialists SoilEssentials Ltd in collaboration with Deimos Space UK, the British branch of Elecnor Deimos. The platform is being presented at Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany 12-18th November. Visitors can find SoilEssentials and KORE on stand J29 in Hall 15 and enjoy the opportunity to see this exciting and innovative farm management solution.

The companies embarked on this ambitious project three years ago, supported by the European Space Agency (ESA), when SoilEssentials Managing Director Jim Wilson recognised the opportunity and advantages that the wider availability and lower cost of Earth Observation (EO) data represented.

KORE combines EO imagery from a variety of sources including ESA’s newest Sentinel series of satellites, UAV imagery and tractor-mounted sensors – to guarantee the availability of remote-sensed data, regardless of weather and cloud conditions. This remote-sensed imagery is captured at a range of scales from centimetre level from UAV’s, 1 to 20 metres for Satellite imagery and tramline width for tractor-mounted sensors. The appropriate EO data is retrieved and opens up a new dimension for agronomists and farming companies to increase their land knowledge and offer a unique service to their clients through the KORE product. KORE is a web-based precision farming tool box to manage variation through space and time with an interface where software, hardware, services and research come together to provide an ever-expanding innovative and exciting land use management solution.

KORE combines EO imagery from a variety of sources including ESA’s newest Sentinel series of satellites, UAV imagery and tractor-mounted sensors to guarantee the availability of remote-sensed data, regardless of weather and cloud conditions

Challenging projects like these continually push the boundaries in this fast-moving industry, and SoilEssentials stands at the front of the queue to get involved and progress. Managing Director of SoilEssentials, Jim Wilson explains, “Our aim with KORE was to create a unique white box web platform for agronomists to rebrand and tailor to their, and their customers’ own needs. We also wanted to dramatically improve the reliability and usability of remote-sensed imagery and we have achieved that with the seamless integration of multiple providers of satellite imagery, UAV images and tractor mounted sensors”.

Elecnor Deimos is in the rare position of being a creator of space and UAV systems, a former operator of commercial EO satellites and a developer of EO applications. The company’s knowledge of satellites, data systems, UAVs and location-based services puts it in a unique position when developing applications based on satellite and UAV data. Michael Lawrence, Business Development Director of Deimos Space UK Ltd tells us “Our experience in managing and processing large volumes of EO data has enabled us to combine EO data and UAV data to feed the analytic tools in KORE”.

“By using quadcopter unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) to produce timely high-resolution earth surface imagery we support users that require images to observe the key stages of the crop growth cycle,” says Robert Ramsay, Technical Director of SoilEssentials “and on the occasions where there are feasibility issues regarding satellite acquisitions due to cloud cover, existing users of EO can also be supported through this avenue”.

The SoilEssentials expertise lies where technology and good farming practice merge, providing practical solutions designed primarily with agricultural efficiency in mind. With an extensive product and service portfolio, SoilEssentials complement this with their status as authorised Trimble dealer for Northern UK.

Elecnor Deimos UK branch is based in Harwell, near Oxford, and has extensive experience in design, engineering and systems integration in the aerospace, satellite systems, remote sensing, information systems and telecommunications network sectors, being involved in the majority of ESA programmes including exploration, Earth observation, satellite navigation, launchers and human space flight.

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

See more about KORE at: koresolution.com

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