PrecisionHawk and A&L Laboratories Canada Partner to Fuse Ground and Aerial Data for Better Decision Making on the Farm

London, OntarioJan. 30, 2017PrecisionHawk, a provider of advanced commercial drone technologies, and A&L Canada, the largest independent agronomy lab in Canada, are partnering to enhance the value of drone data by layering information, from ground sampling, that can improve a farmer’s holistic picture of in-field assets. Through the partnership, farmers will not only have the ability to view and analyze their high resolution aerial data, collected by a drone, but also order and view ground data from A&L, including soil and plant tissue analysis, directly within the PrecisionHawk software.

“As drone data becomes a more integrated part of the farm management workflow, PrecisionHawk is partnering with industry leaders to provide additional data layers that in combination improve in-field decision-making,” said Robert Vick PhD., director of business development at PrecisionHawk. “By incorporating A&L's breadth of soil and plant analytics into the PrecisionHawk platform, farmers will have access to new data layers that complement drone mapping analytics before, during and after the growing season.”

Established in 1985 by farmers, A&L is comprised of agronomists, soil scientists and technicians. Their global customer base extends across North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa with a focus on crops including corn, soy, wheat, potatoes and high-value fruits.

“A&L sees the value of this exciting new partnership as building on the strengths and offerings of both our companies,” said Greg Patterson, president at A&L. “PrecisionHawk is providing A&L with a platform to share our agronomic expertise in conjunction with emerging drone and data technologies.”

A&L professionals are also developing analytics tools within the PrecisionHawk software to help bridge the gap between ground and aerial data. Assessment of plant health, quantification of field variability and terrain analysis are features available within the growing library of algorithms being developed by university partners, geospatial scientists and PrecisionHawk’s own geospatial team.

“We do not simply offer a drone with a sensor on it,” Vick continued. “PrecisionHawk is linking together an entire solution for the market.”

The two companies will be co-exhibiting this week at the Precision Agriculture Conference in London, Ontario.

About PrecisionHawk Inc.

PrecisionHawk is a leading provider of advanced commercial drone technologies. The company, founded in 2010, is privately held and located in Raleigh, NC and Toronto, Canada. PrecisionHawk’s client list of Fortune 500 companies and market-leading innovators spans 150 countries and the company has existing operations across six continents. PrecisionHawk is funded by leading venture capital firms and global technology investors including Intel Capital, Millennium Technology Value Partners, Verizon Ventures, a subsidiary of USAA, NTT Docomo Ventures, Yamaha Motor, DuPont and Indiana University.

More information about PrecisionHawk can be found at www.precisionhawk.com or on Twitter @PrecisionHawk.

About A&L Canada

A&L Canada is a World leader in meeting the analytical needs of the agricultural industry. A&L Canada, established in 1985 is Canadian-owned and today is the largest Independent Agricultural Laboratory in Canada providing analytical services Coast to Coast and in many countries around the globe. A&L Canada specializes in soil, plant tissue, feed, fertilizer, and prides itself in being a one stop shop for Agricultural analysis. Headquartered in London, Ontario, A&L Canada’s highly sophisticated 23,000 square foot of laboratory is completely computerized, enabling rapid access to data while maintaining strict quality control through a quality assurance program that is second to none in the industry.  The A&L Quality Assurance Team adheres to the stringent ISO 17025 automated system which ensures all due procedure and protocols are followed. This is supplemented by the A&L internal quality assurance/quality control programs with sample exchanges from provincial, federal and international regulated quality assurance programs including CALA (Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation), CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency), SCC (Standards Council of Canada) and OMAFRA (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs).

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