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 webinar: drone-based phenotyping

Our next workshop on drone-based phenotyping will be an online webinar on Thursday 17 November 2022.
Irene Borra-Serrano (ILVO) and Dries Raymaekers (VITO) will show you the possibilities of drone-based phenotyping technology to dynamically analyze crop performance in the field throughout the growing season.
Join this webinar to learn more about the use case, technology and how to get started. 



Next workshop: Data acquisition

Our next workshop will be a technical workshop on data acquisition on 28 November, 10:00 - 15:00 in Leuven.

You will learn more about the technology used by drones in agriculture.

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

We'll also go 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