Demonstrating operational use-cases to speed up the uptake of drone technology

Despite their large potential, drone-based services are not yet sufficiently implemented in day-to-day operations by farmers and agrifood companies in Flanders.

Within the Opsdrone project - funded by the VLAIO COOCK program - VITO, ILVO and FlandersMake share their expertise on drones and agriculture with the sector to speed up the investments in the drone technology.
By diversifying the agrofood use-cases we ensure that technological solutions and business plans are tailored to a specific case.

Business cases & demonstration datasets


For each of the 5 business cases, following information is made available upon request:

  • Business case template: excel templates and examples to calculate the costs & benefits of a particular drone service for your business.
  • Demonstration dataset: a state-of-the-art demonstration dataset is collected & shared with interested target group companies. The demonstration data mainly serves to support the inspiration cases and to introduce target group companies to the drone services. 
    They represent the current state of the art well and show the potential of the drone images. The datasets are hosted on MAPEO, a drone image processing platform developed by VITO Remote Sensing.
  • Functional workflow: this includes steps in data acquisition, data processing, AI and analytics, reporting and integration, legal and privacy implementation.
  • Technical building blocks: technical report on 5 innovative technical building blocks developed within the project (available in 2024).
  • Presentations of all workshops.

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Workshops & network-events

During a multitude of workshops and network-events, the Opsdrone project wants to

  • Inspire business to invest in drone technology for the agrofood sector
  • Share knowledge on important technical building blocks
  • Connect the complete ecosystem of businesses, organizations and government which have common interest in the sector and technology

A brief overview:



Next public workshop: Localization

As part of the COOCK OpsDrone project, February 9th Flanders Make organizes another public workshop on 'Localization'.
In this workshop we will introduce you to SLAM (Simultaneous Localization And Mapping) and its challenges. We'll explain how to increase the robustness of SLAM - especially for autonomous mobile robots or drones. 
We will provide several examples and demonstrations.
t would be great to see more of this technology applied in greenhouses and support growers, breeders,.. in managing their crops.

WHEN?       9th of February 2023 ; 9.30 - 15.30
WHERE?     Gaston Geenslaan 8, 3001 LEUVEN



Previous inspiring workshop for Suppliers @ Agriflanders

January, 12, ILVO organized an inspiration workshop for suppliers at Agriflanders, with project partners VITO and Flanders Make.
By presenting, together with Globachem, demonstration datasets and potential business cases & by showing the possibilities of drone imagery and MAPEO, we inspired and motivated the supplier companies to think about the use of professional drone services.


Previous webinar: drone-based phenotyping

One of our previous webinars on drone-based phenotyping was organised online on Thursday 17 November 2022.
Irene Borra-Serrano (ILVO) and Dries Raymaekers (VITO) showed the possibilities of drone-based phenotyping technology to dynamically analyze crop performance in the field throughout the growing season.
Watch the recording to learn more about the use case, technology and how to get started. 

Previous workshop: Data acquisition

One of our previous workshops was a technical workshop on data acquisition on November 28 in Leuven.

Participants learned about the technology used by drones in agriculture.

  • Introduction & business case
  • Drones and sensors
  • Reference measurements
  • Agricultural products

We also dived deeper into drawing up a scenario for the tendering of drone services.

  • Determination of product and drone service
  • Legislative framework
  • General Processing Chain
  • Integration in your own organization