Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. said Thursday it will launch a trial farming support service using drones and artificial intelligence technology, seeking to commercialize the service in Japan and other Asian countries.The new system that connects drones with the global positioning satellite system will help the farm industry in Japan that faces a serious labor shortage. aims to raise crop output by up to 30 percent through the new service.
Four camera-equipped drones linked with Michibiki quasi-zenith satellites will fly over the farmland to take images of rice plants. The system will then analyze the images with other data such as temperatures through AI technology to suggest the best timing to add fertilizer.
Global warming is believed to be playing a role in bringing new types of insects to farmland, making it difficult to protect crops from them in a timely manner. It is becoming hard to determine the right timing to add fertilizer amid climate change.
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