The team at Graf Systems has been busy working on NormalizerNDVI. The designers at Carbon12 have been contributing to the visual design. Much remains to be done, but a private beta is now available. Please use the sign-up link and mention the beta if you are interested in participating.
NormalizerNDVI is a Google Chrome Web Store app, so it takes a Google account and the Chrome browser to use the app. The app does, for now, run offline, and it is self-contained. Chrome just sits in the background and provides infrastructure and security.
What does Normalizer do ?
NormalizerNDVI provides intuitive plant vigor imaging: it processes a special kind of pictures of plants, to highlight differences in the health of plants.
Growers, taking pictures of their crops, can use this information to make decisions about plant care. Scientists have been using this information to look at the world’s vegetation, using multi-spectral satellite imagery, since the 1970s. Learn more about NDVI imaging in this blog post.
Healthy plants reflect infrared light differently than stressed plants. Normalized Differential Vegetation Index (NDVI), when applied to an image that contains a near infrared channel, shows these differences.
Normalizer aims to offer a simple, guided and partially automated experience, to empower non-specialists to achieve meaningful results. For interested users, Normalizer also provides a rich, intuitive experience for exploring parameter variations, giving immediate feedback for informed decisions.
What kind of source images does Normalizer use ?
Normalizer works with pictures taken with a camera that records near-infrared in addition to visible light. You might have one of those cameras on your drone, your plane, or your kite. Or even just in your hands – that’s interesting too. Such cameras are available from a number of suppliers. For the hardware-adventurous user, filter kits to transform a normal camera into a near infrared capable camera are also available.
If you have a farm and a near-infrared imaging drone (plane, kite…), Normalizer might be right for you and your plants. If you’ve looked into other imaging software offerings and found them less-than-easy to use, Normalizer might be especially right. We would like to hear from you. Mention the beta if you want to try it. We can also help with hardware choices if you are looking for a drone or a camera.