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PrecisionHawk (@precisionhawk) is a civil unmanned aerial systems, remote sensing and data processing company founded in 2010 in Toronto, Canada. The team of aerospace, software and big data GIS engineers are located in Indianapolis, IN, Toronto, Ontario and Raleigh, NC.

The firm is at the forefront of today?s data collection industry, offering a lightweight and easy to use UAV platform and a large suite of data collection sensors to companies in industries such as agriculture, mining, forestry, education, geology and many more. PrecisionHawk can pick up data that is visual, thermal, multispectral or hyperspectral, to name a few. Customers map their flights with planning software that uses Intelligent Sensor-Specific Flight Planning Sensors. A user chooses the survey boundaries, the sensor, the required ground resolution or altitude, and lets the flight plan software do the rest. The UAV is extremely easy to use allowing the user to simply throw it up and wait for the plane to land. Once the data is collected, the user can transmit the information through broadband Internet to PrecisionHawk for analysis. The data can even be stored by PrecisionHawk on the cloud for later access.

The data processing application provided by PrecisionHawk may be the most innovative part of the company. What use is the data if the user can?t understand it? Once the UAV collects the required data, it is transferred wirelessly into the processing software. The software stitches all the data together into a comprehensive mosaic using flight telemetry and provides the user a visual mosaic instantly. At that point the user can easily determine areas of interest and act accordingly.

Collecting data with unmanned planes is something that was pretty unimaginable twenty or even ten years ago. Now, thanks to innovation from firms like PrecisionHawk, as well as technology powered by high-speed broadband Internet, the possibilities are truly endless for this emerging sector.