So before I start this, please let me know if I am reiventing the wheel. If there are already reasonable solutions out there please stop me and let me know!
Our farms have cattle and sheep. I would like a drone similar to the LA100 series from Lehmann Aviation. Instead of checking out crops.
I would like the farmer to be able to open an easy to use app, click on the section of his farm he wants checked out and send it off.
The drone must be able to count livestock in camps ( a camp is a fenced off area. Farmers cycle their animals through camps to ensure that there is food and environment sustainability).
I dont know if this would be easier/cheaper with IR or thermal imaging. I dont even know if you could put an IR reader that is sensitive enough on a drone so it doesnt have to fly too low so that it doesnt startle the animals or become a safety hazard.
Perhaps a thermal imagining drone would be better. If its possible to get accurate stock count of sheep and cattle from a camera.
The bonus is the drone with a thermal camera can back up as a security drone to aid in anti-poaching activities at night. perhaps it can go up and use pattern recognition to try spot moving humans on your property.
Which do you think would be better? thermal or IR? I will be using fixed wing (as farms here can be big)