A new type of spectral imaging system, designed to be far less expensive than existing technology, is in development.
Academics at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), the University of Strathclyde (UoS) and the James Hutton Institute (JHI), led by Glasgow based product design firm Wideblue, have teamed up to develop a new type of hyperspectral imaging (HSI) system.
The government-funded collaboration has the potential to introduce an affordable spectral imaging technology to help agricultural businesses monitor and maximise crop production in fields and greenhouses.
The sensors in development are expected to be up to 90 per cent cheaper than equivalent equipment currently on the market and have the potential to make high resolution spectral imaging technology more accessible to the agricultural sector.
It is anticipated that adopting the technology will allow farmers to monitor various crop attributes including plant health, hydration levels and disease indicators.
UWS academic, Professor Gibson says: “While similar technology has been available in the agricultural sector for some time, there has always been the matter of cost. The UWS filter coupled with software from Strathclyde and Wideblue’s hardware has made this technology significantly more accessible and cost friendly.”