What is the purpose of using Parrot Sequoia+?
What are the technical difference between Parrot Sequoia and Parrot Sequoia +?
Can Parrot Sequoia+ be used with others software?
Does Parrot SQ+ have the same software than Parrot Sequoia?
Can I transform my Parrot Sequoia into a Parrot Sequoia+ ?. 2
Why is there a target with my Parrot Sequoia+?. 2
Which wavelengths are captured by Parrot Sequoia+?. 2
What index can be measured by Parrot Sequoia+?
1. What is the purpose of using Parrot Sequoia+?
By capturing images of crops from the sky, the multispectral sensor provides the user with unrivaled information on the status of their crops.
This information will help farmers optimize the management of their plots. This information can concern the health status of the crops, the density of the vegetation …
2. What are the technical difference between Parrot Sequoia and Parrot Sequoia +?
The Parrot Sequoia + and the Parrot Sequoia have exactly the same hardware. The Parrot Sequoia+ has a specific factory radiometric calibration: an extensive calibration based on more than 1200 images has been performed in the factory for each sensor.
When using Pix4D software for processing the images captured by a Parrot Sequoia+, the use of a radiometric calibration target is not required. Parrot Sequoia+ combined with Pix4D software provides absolute reflectance values without the need of a radiometric calibration target.
With Airinov platform or others processing software, a radiometric calibration target is needed to have absolute reflectance values for both Parrot Sequoia and Parrot Sequoia+
3. Can Parrot Sequoia+ be used with others software?
Yes. However the results are optimal when using Pix4D software.
4. Does Parrot SQ+ have the same software than Parrot Sequoia?
Yes, the same firmware is used for Parrot Sequoia and Parrot Sequoia+.
Parrot Sequoia+ has a specific factory calibration to be compatible with the targetless workflow with Pix4D.
5. Can I transform my Parrot Sequoia into a Parrot Sequoia+ ?
The Parrot Sequoia cannot be transformed by the end-user into a Parrot Sequoia+. It needs an intensive factory calibration.
6. Why is there a target with my Parrot Sequoia+?
The radiometric calibration target is included with the Parrot Sequoia +.
The target is used to measure absolute reflectance values when using another processing software than Pix4D.
By using Pix4d to process Parrot Sequoia+ images, the user experience is enhanced and the errors are reduced.
7. Which wavelengths are captured by Parrot Sequoia+?
Parrot Sequoia+ has four different global shutter sensors which capture the images in 4 different bands:
- Green: 550nm +/- 40nm
- Red: 660nm +/- 40nm
- Red border: 735nm +/- 10nm
- Near infrared: 790nm +/- 40nm
8. What index can be measured by Parrot Sequoia+?
Parrot Sequoia+ can compute dozens of index. Some of them are: NDVI, GNDVI, NDRE, ARVI2, WDRVI…
Reason for new version :
Only for new Parrot Sequoia+ users :
6.0 software update is needed to benefit targetless work flow with Pix4Dag / Pix4Dmapper.
Note : radiometrique calibration is needed for all others post-treatment tools
For all users Parrot Sequoia and Parrot Sequoia+ users :
Minor bugs have been corrected
Improvement work flow.
Reason for new version :
add missing tags in exif
add some features for Disco-Pro Ag
Reason for new version :
Minor Bug Fixes
[PTP Interface] Set Timelapse Interval default value to 1500ms
[PTP Interface] Fix WiFi WPA passphrase handling
[PTP Interface] Fix AutoOverlap mode management through StillCaptureMode get cmd
[Web Interface] Fix GUI capture state management issues in Timelapse mode
Optimization of JPEG encoding CPU usage
Minor bug fixes
Improved compatibility with Airinov software
New tags added in EXIF for calibration data
Minor bug fixes on the web server
Fix 3 minutes hang
Power off PS when not in use
New led state for file-system check on SD Card (blinking red)
new feature : radiometric calibration and auto mode overlap
minor bug fixes
Bug fix on factory reset feature
Better metadata management
Better web interface
Http api available
Minor bug fixes
What is the cost of Sequoia, and what does a purchase include ?
The Sequoia recommended package costs $3,500.00 USD. It includes the multispectral camera, the Sunshine sensor, power & trigger connectors to interface between host aircraft and the two sensors, a 32GB SD card, three different mount for the Sunshine sensor, a protection lens for the main body and a soft cloth to clean the lenses.
Where can I purchase a Sequoia?
You can buy Sequoia alone on the Parrot online store. Sequoia is also sold by the four different companies of the Parrot Group, each one selling the package alone or integrated in their solutions.
With the professional eBee Ag drone: sensefly.com
With the local processing software: https://www.pix4d.com/product/pix4dmapper-ag/
With the cloud solution: http://www.micasense.com/sequoia.html
With the fertilization prescriptions: airinov.com
Can Sequoia be integrated with a SenseFly’s eBee Autopilot software e-Motion?
Yes. The Sequoia is fully compatible with e-Motion.
What is the data output format? Is it one image for each camera or a composite?
The data is saved, on the internal memory or on the SD card, as a RAW 10-bit TIFF file for the 4 bands and as a JPG for RGB camera. It stores 5 images for each picture (one per band + RGB).
Are there some mounts to integrate Sequoia on specific drones?
Three different mounts are provided in the package for the sunshine sensor. At this time we are not selling mounts that go with the main body.
Sequoia is a state of the art multispectral sensor for agriculture. Its development has been made with four major features in mind: sharpest accuracy, smallest size, lightest weight and absolute ease of use, allowing for Sequoia to be carried by any drone. With better precision than Satellite imagery and higher flexibility than manned aircraft solutions, the Sequoia sensor can provide very accurate reports of plants conditions. Agronomists, growers and farmers can benefit from its simplicity and flexibility to set up a regular monitoring of their crops.
Its embedded cutting-edge technologies include four narrowband filters - capturing images that are highly sensitive to plants biological status - and a RGB camera to keep a true vision of the field. The collected data provide very reliable information for cultural decision making. In addition, the Sequoia sensor comes with an included calibrated Irradiance sensor that captures the incident light. It allows for comparisons and analysis of images captured in different lighting conditions.
Sequoia sensor was born from the collaboration of four international companies specialized in agriculture and professional drones. Lead by Parrot, these companies provide multiple solutions involving the Sequoia sensor.
Sensefly : eBee Ag, the precision agriculture drone
The SenseFly’s fixed-wing eBee Ag is the precision agriculture drone used by farmers and consultants the world over; the highly durable and fully automatic eBee Ag is the next logical step in your operation’s evolution.
Fully compatible with Sequoia : carry and communicate with the sensor
Cover more acres, more easily.
Ultra-light for maximum safety.
Backed by global support.
A Proven Performer:
200,000+ senseFly flights to date
58,000+ flight hours…
Learn more on www.sensefly.com
Pix4D : Pix4Dmapper, Desktop software for professional drone-based mapping
Capture information not visible to the naked eye, with the unique integration of Sequoia and Pix4Dmapper
Images are converted into accurate index maps, like NDVI, and orthomosaics of your fields: giving you vital information for quick response, better yield and operational efficiency.
Local Processing : Stay independent, process where and when you want
Index Calculator : Unlock the multispectral potential of your drone-collected imagery with this tailor made combination of Sequoia and Pix4Dmapper: create your own indexes to understand your field better
Digital Scouting : Index maps are the building blocks of crop scouting’s future: time efficiency and enhanced perspective of your field play a major role in more comprehensive scouting
Integration : Export maps into standard industry formats, such as shapefiles, for further use
Learn more on www.pix4d.com
Micasense : Atlas, the cloud-based data management solution
MicaSense ATLAS™: a complete solution for processing, storage, presentation, and analysis of your multispectral data.
simplifies data management for all your farms and fields.
Automatic cloud service
lets you to focus on your fields,not on processing raw data.
Identify changes over time
with specialized visualization tools.
Scout your way to problem areas
using any connected device.
Secure servers and support team
based in North America (Seattle, WA - USA).
Learn more on www.micasense.com
Airinov : Fertilization prescriptions on wheat and rapeseed
Airinov can help you turn your Sequoia and drone into a real farm management tool, truly useful. No need to be a GIS expert or a software developer, everything happens on the Internet on our farmer-friendly platform synchronized with a smartphone app’.
Airinov support you from the first steps of flight logistics, through to agronomy interpretation and up to the final integration of the map into your tractor guiding system.
Learn more on www.airinov.com
You can set up Sequoia using either flight planning software (such as Pix4Dmapper Capture or eMotion from SenseFly for example), or Wi-Fi via an HTML interface. Your set up data will be saved in the Sequoia memory.
Setting up Sequoia via Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi is enabled on Sequoia as the default option. Press four times on the multispectral sensor button to enable/disable Wi-Fi on Sequoia.
Subsequently, Sequoia keeps the last Wi-Fi set up in its memory, when it is switched on or off.
You can set up Sequoia from a computer, smartphone or tablet:
Connect the multispectral sensor USB device port to a drone or a USB battery.
Sequoia turns on automatically.
Make sure that the Wi-Fi appears in the list of available Wi-Fi. If not, press four times on the multispectral sensor button.
Connect to the Wi-Fi network: Sequoia_XXXX.
Open your internet browser
Type the following address in your browser's address bar: 192.168.47.1
The HTML interface for setting up Sequoia opens. You can set up Sequoia.
HTML interface for setting up Sequoia
The Sequoia set up interface consists of three screens:
The Home screen is used to set up Sequoia.
Setting up the capture mode
Select the capture mode you want:
Single: take one shot at a time.
Time-lapse: take burst shots at regular intervals. Specify, in the "timelapse" field, the interval of time (in seconds) between each shot.
GPS: take burst shots at regular distances. Specify, in the "GPS" field, the distance in metres between each photo.
Once the set up is complete, press the Shot button. The camera starts taking shots. To stop taking shots, press the Stop shot button.
Setting up the sensors
Image resolution: 0.3 Mpx or 1.2 Mpx.
Bit depth: 8-bit or 10-bit.
The sensors that you want to enable during the flight (Green, Red, Red Edge, Near Infrared and RGB). To do this, click on the sensors that you want to enable or disable.
The GPS screen tells you about:
The number of satellites detected.
Sequoia's precise GPS /GNSS position in metres.
Sequoia's travel speed in meters per second.
Sequoia's altitude in meters.
The Instruments screen tells you about the orientation of the multispectral sensor and the sunshine sensor.
The Irradiance screen tells you about the light intensity of each band (Green, Red, Red Edge, Near Infrared).
The Temperature screen tells you about the temperature of all Sequoia's parts.
The Gallery screen can be used to retrieve the photos taken during your flights. You can select the photos that you would like to view (All, RGB, Green, Red, Red Edge and Near Infrared).
The Media View screen tells you about the available space in Sequoia's internal memory and on the SD card.