Sentera Announced as Finalist for AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards
| April 12, 2023 |
Sentera has been named a finalist for the AUVSI XCELLENCE AWARD!

Awards ceremony to be held at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2023 in Denver, CO 

ARLINGTON, Va. — April 12, 2023 — Sentera has been named as a finalist in the XCELLENCE in Innovation of the XCELLENCE Awards by the Association for Uncrewed Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI). Sentera was selected from a pool of accomplished applicants as one of several finalists. Winners will be announced at XPONENTIAL 2023 on May 8-11 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO.  

Sentera’s Direct Georeferencing (DGR) System was named as a finalist due to its category-defining functionality, transforming the data collection and analysis workflow for survey and mapping applications, adding particular value for agronomic leaders seeking to get plant-level measurements.  

“This year, XPONENTIAL is all about designing a shared plan for the future of autonomy,” said Keely Griffith, Vice President of Strategic Programs at AUVSI. “There’s no better place to announce the 2023 XCELLENCE award finalists. Together, they are redefining what’s possible with uncrewed and robotic technology.” 

The DGR System, which launched to the market in October 2022, serves as an add-on technology for mapping drone systems to drive efficiency and simplify workflows for agronomic leaders and surveyors, from image capture to post-processing to data storage. This is due to its high-precision inertial, positional, and range sensors, which, when paired with a capable mapping camera, like the Sentera 6X or the Sentera 65R, deliver accurate geolocation awareness for every pixel in every photo. In turn, it eliminates the most time-consuming workflows previously required to generate accurately georeferenced maps or determine the location objects of interest.   

“The ability to get accurately-located imagery directly from the sensor eliminates the need to survey ground control points or capture the photo overlap traditionally required to generate a stitched orthomosaic,” said Ryan Nelson, chief mechanical engineer, Sentera. “This translates to a dramatic boost in operational efficiency by reducing flight times by up to 60%.” 

“Missions become more efficient with absolute location certainty, which reduces the number of images that need to be captured by as much as 90%,” continued Nelson. “It doesn’t stop there – this technology provides benefits throughout the entire workflow, and in post-processing, can generate maps in minutes rather than hours.” 

AUVSI’s XCELLENCE Awards honor innovators with a demonstrated commitment to advancing autonomy, leading and promoting safe adoption of uncrewed systems and developing programs that use these technologies to save lives and improve the human condition. 

“We are honored to be recognized by AUVSI,” said Nelson. “The DGR System opens a new world for surveying, and in particular agriculture, which faces many unique challenges with aerial image capture. The DGR System helps to solve many of these, and we’re excited to help revolutionize how ag research and product development leaders capture, analyze, and use field-level data.” 

Learn more about the AUVSI XCELLENCE awards here. 


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About Sentera
Sentera helps agronomic leaders maximize every season as the industry-leading provider of ag analytics. With its data science ecosystem, powered by machine learning, Sentera delivers more reliable and scalable plant-level measurements to maximize performance outcomes, which can be informed by aerial imagery captured by Sentera’s drone technology solutions or services. Operating in more than 45 countries, Sentera works with hundreds of customers focused on research, product development, and in-field product validation. For more information, visit https://www.senterasensors.wpenginepowered.com.   


The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of uncrewed systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government, and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit  AUVSI.org 


Co-hosted by AUVSI and Messe Düsseldorf North America, XPONENTIAL is the leading annual gathering for global leaders and end users of uncrewed technologies. Founded on a belief that cross-pollination drives innovation, it’s the only event designed to advance the entire autonomy ecosystem. Each year, the show welcomes thousands of the industry’s top minds to cultivate collaboration, spark new ideas, and this year, build the blueprint for autonomy. XPONENTIAL is a catalyst – helping each attendee transform their vision into real opportunities. For more information, visit https://www.xponential.org 

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