What are the main steps in the MAPEO workflow?

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The steps below outline the process for acquiring and processing drone imagery through the MAPEO platform. In order to start the below process, the user should contact their MAPEO Business Developer to activate their demo account. Please follow the links below to find out more information on each step.


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Step 1. PLAN your drone work and products

Once a new user is activated in MAPEO, they can define their fields of interest by selecting a point or polygon in the region. When a field is defined, the user can then order new products depending on their application. By ordering a new product, the user will get directly a quote for his product(s) and approve the order. When ordering a new product, the user can also define a schedule on which they would like a drone flight and get information on the drone mission specifications which can be forwarded to their pilots. In some cases, like phenotyping, we need very precise drone measurements and ground control points are placed on the ground. In this step a user can still redefine and finalize their region of interest (based on the position of the GCPs) before sending out the drone pilot to the field.

Step 2. FLY the drone

Once the region of interest and drone mission specifications are clear, a user is ready to fly the drone mission. Within this help center you can find many tips and trick  related to selecting the equipment, configuration of the equipment and planning the drone flight. Once the imagery is uploaded correctly, it will be processed in the processing workflow to produce the ordered products. But first a quality check is done in the field, see step 3

Step 3. UPLOAD & CHECK the data quality of your drone imagery 

Once the drone has landed, the pilot performs a quality analysis with the MAPEO field software. The software doesn't require an internet connection and provides step-by-step wizard to verify quality of the drone imagery. The images are checked against well defined list of quality parameters and if approved can be uploaded once back in the office. 

Step 4. ANALYSE the drone imagery and generate drone products

Once drone imagery is uploaded to the MAPEO system, it will be processed according to the products ordered by the user. A large variety of algorithms are available, all of which run automatically without the need for manual input. The status of the data processing can be monitored within the order dashboard.

Step 5. INSPECT the drone products & results

Once drone products are processed, they will be displayed in the MAPEO web-interface for a user to start interacting with the data. Zoom-in to every little detail of your field or asset, go back/forth in time, measure the size of specific features, overlay with satellite imagery, analyse specific product values over time, change color layouts, add annotations or field layers, ... . The graphical design is created such that a user can immediately start interacting with the data through a web-interface.

Step 6. CONNECT the MAPEO results within your own data pipelines

Having the drone products in a easy-to-use interface is great, but most of you will like to add project specific data and extract specific information to be able to integrate with application specific data pipelines. With MAPEO you can easy add field layout on basis of which product statistics or imagery slices can be extracted. Use the GUI-based data extraction wizards or integrate our MAPEO API to automate the data extraction.