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February 7, 2017

Commercial UAV News writes about Sentera’s precise solution for field and crop health analysis: The NDVI Toolbox™

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January 26, 2017

Tom McKenny with New Zealand’s Stock & Land reports on Sentera’s Double 4K sensor and its ability to process NDVI data in-flight, live streaming NDVI data to a mobile device on the ground.

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January 26, 2017

sUASNews.com writes about Sentera’s AgVault™ software and its new NDVI Toolbox™ capability – making it an invaluable asset to growers and agronomists.

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January 26, 2017

Laurie Bedord with Successful Farming at Agriculture.com, reports on Sentera’s launch of the NDVI Toolbox™ showing both field contrast and progression in crop health maps.

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January 25, 2017

Australian publication, The Weekly Times, highlights Sentera’s launch of real-time NDVI streaming on-the-fly for growers and agronomists.

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January 19, 2017

UAS Magazine reports on Sentera’s real-time NDVI streaming capability for precision Ag. The offering gives users unprecedented insights into crop health while still in the field.

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January 11, 2017

sUAS News informs the drone community about the launch of Sentera’s LiveNDVI™ capability – the only capability like this offered today.

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January 10, 2017

Willie Vogt with Farm Industry News sat down with Sentera’s executive team to learn about the LiveNDVI capability. He includes a short video in his story, highlighting the launch.

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December 20, 2016

GISuser tells its subscribers about the partnership agreement between RDO Equipment Co. and Sentera, offering customers a wide range of UAV solutions.

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December 6, 2016

The Farm Forum reports on the partnership agreement between RDO Equipment Co. and Sentera, bringing a wider range of UAV solutions to a broader market.

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December 5, 2016

Sentera and RDO Equipment Co. announce partnership deal, offering UAV solutions to precision agriculture professionals.

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November 25, 2016

The Motley Fool‘s Neha Chamaria discusses how Sentera is a player in the agriculture drone market, a market that has the ability to turn into a $32 billion industry.

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November 22, 2016

Sentera received an Honorable Mention from the Minnesota Business Magazine for Minnesota businesses “Most Likely to Succeed in 2017” in the Data category.

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November 18, 2016

Farm Forum highlights Sentera’s Omni™ UAV and its Double 4K sensor and application for the agriculture industry.

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November 17, 2016

The Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal announces Sentera’s win of the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) Startup Tekne Award — recognizing superior advancements in remote-sensing technology.

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November 9, 2016

Ag Professional‘s Margy Eckelcamp interviewed our EVP of Business Development, Greg Emerick about how precision ag is shaping the industry. Read the Q & A in this spotlight feature!

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October 31, 2016

American Security Today writes about Sentera’s Omni™ UAV, OnTop™ software platform, and the capabilities that both bring to the infrastructure inspection industry.

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October 29, 2016

Tom McKenny with the Australian publication Stock & Land showcases Sentera’s Omni UAV with Double 4K sensor as an affordable crop-scouting tool. The Double 4K provides high-resolution RGB and NIR imagery, producing beautiful NDVI maps.

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October 28, 2016

Precision Ag highlights Sentera’s latest UAV, the Omni, with omnidirectional NIR sensing capabilities. The Omni is ideal for agriculture, inspection, and survey & mapping applications.

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October 27, 2016

With the launch of Sentera’s latest UAV, the Omni, Tech{dot}MN discusses the omnidirectional sensing capabilities the Omni boasts — capturing data from underneath structures and from obscure angles.

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October 4, 2016

Australian Farm Online reports on Sentera’s reseller appointment of Rise Above Drones. The agreement brings Sentera’s precision agriculture solutions to Australia’s robust agriculture industry.

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September 28, 2016

Tech{dot}MN highlights Sentera’s recently inked reseller agreement with Australian drone company Rise Above. Rise Above is offering its customers Sentera’s breadth of precision ag products.

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September 13, 2016

Matthew J. Grassi of Precision Ag writes about Dynamic UAV Solutions inking a distribution agreement with Sentera. Dynamic will distribute Sentera’s products across multiple industries including agriculture, inspection, and survey & mapping.

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September 9, 2016

DronerNation.com reports on Sentera’s latest product update, enabling users of AgVault™ Mobile to plan drone flights that far exceed battery life. The feature allows for any number of battery swap-outs making data capture seamless, and only limited by the SD card storage.

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August 30, 2016

The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) interviewed Sentera interns and employees about how the SciTech Internship program is positively impacting the business and giving students valuable hands-on experience.

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August 23, 2016

Listen to Mick Kjar of AgNews 890 talk with Kris Poulson, VP of Agriculture for Sentera, about how drones are helping farmers this time of year.

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August 20, 2016

Farm Journal’s Technology and Crop Editor, Ben Potter, interviewed Sentera EVP Greg Emerick about how the agriculture industry is using data, captured from drones to make better input decisions, and how a grower might implement the technology into their operations.

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August 8, 2016

Unmanned Aerial Online discusses how Sentera has expanded distribution of its products which now have a global reach. Sentera’s agriculture solutions are now being resold throughout New Zealand by DroneMate.

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August 2, 2016

Precision Ag highlights Sentera’s reseller agreement with New Zealand’s DroneMate, bringing precision agriculture products to the southern hemisphere just in time for the growing season!

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August 2, 2016

TECH{dot}MN reports on Sentera’s recently announced reseller agreement with DroneMate, distributing precision agriculture products throughout New Zealand.

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July 28, 2016

Farm Journal‘s Tech Editor, Ben Potter, spoke with Sentera EVP, Greg Emerick, about how the new FAA regulations will affect growers looking to use precision ag tools like UAVs.

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July 21, 2016

Sentera CEO Eric Taipale sits down with Cyndy Brocato of Greater MSP Business to explain how the new FAA regulations make it easier to use commercial drones.

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July 12, 2016

Mick Kjar of AgNews 890 talked to Kris Poulson, VP of Agriculture for Sentera, about the Part 107 FAA regulation and how it will help farmers in the 2016 growing season.

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June 27, 2016

Precision Ag highlights Sentera’s recent achievement of capturing over 25,000,000 acres of images — an industry milestone.

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June 24, 2016

Minnesota Public Radio‘s (MPR) Cathy Wurzer interviewed Sentera EVP Greg Emerick about what the FAA Part 107 document means to the industry and helps clarify the legal commercial uses.

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June 23, 2016

UAS Magazine touts Sentera’s achievement of collecting over 25,000,000 acres of images using the company’s sensors. Also highlighted are the Sentera Phoenix 2 UAV platform and AgVault 2.0 Mobile app.

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June 21, 2016

GPS World reports on Sentera’s new Phoenix 2 UAV platform. With endurance of up to 60 minutes and speed of 30mph, it is a great, versatile UAV that many industries will be able to utilize.

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June 16, 2016

After interviewing Sentera CEO Eric Taipale, TECH{dot}MN thinks it is “Safe to say that Sentera is Minnesota’s largest and most successful startup in the drone industry right now.”

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June 14, 2016

Australian publication The Land Magazine showcases the debut of Sentera’s Phoenix 2 UAV, highlighting the superior autopilot which allows the UAV to map with unmatched precision.

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June 13, 2016

Shephard Media talks about Sentera’s Phoenix 2 fixed-wing drone, highlighting its endurance, versatility, and precision — like nothing else available today.

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June 12, 2016

This Father’s Day, Farm Industry News suggests Sentera’s Phoenix 2 precision drone as a gift for the “farmer who has everything”, allowing growers to capture critical crop health data using a robust fixed-wing platform.

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June 9, 2016

Precision Ag showcases Sentera’s launch of the Phoenix 2 fixed-wing UAV, ideal for large agriculture fields, inspections, and public safety applications.

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June 9, 2016

DroneLife.com highlights Sentera’s launch of the AgVault™ 2.0 Mobile app with autonomous flight planning and the company’s conclusion of an $8.5 million Series A round.

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June 8, 2016

Minneapolis-based newspaper StarTribune reports on Sentera’s recent receipt of the final $2 million of an $8.5 million Series A round, with plans to use the money for more hiring and to ramp up product development.

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June 2, 2016

Southern California Sheriff’s department kicked off a one-year search and rescue (SAR) evaluation period utilizing a Sentera drone. Expectations are that the drone will help the department locate missing persons quicker and more economically than traditional methods.

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June 1, 2016

Sentera EVP Greg Emerick is helping to establish UAS best practices for aerial inspection. Greg serves on the board of the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) UAS Committee and helped write the recently released UAS Safety Resource.

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May 30, 2016

Australian publication Stock & Land writes about the impact Sentera’s NDVI Upgrade for the DJI Phantom 4 drone will have in the region, providing invaluable RGB, NIR, and NDVI data and assisting growers with crop production.

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May 15, 2016

Ethanol Producer Magazine details how drones are helping the industry from inspecting ethanol plants and rail cars before shipment to helping farmers grow stronger corn crops more efficiently and how Sentera is helping.

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May 13, 2016

Farm Industry News highlights Sentera’s Phantom 4 + NDVI Upgrade in its Tech Five roundup series, a forum that explores the latest technology for the ag industry.

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April 29, 2016

DroneLife.com briefs its readers about Sentera’s introduction of the fully customizable dual 4K sensor, bringing precise clarity to the infrastructure inspection, public safety, and agriculture industries,

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April 20, 2016

DroneLife.com highlights Sentera’s NDVI upgrade for the DJI Inspire and describes the way in which the Sentera Single Sensor captures precise, valuable NDVI data.

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April 15, 2016

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal writes about the distribution agreement between TESSCO Technologies Inc. and Sentera, giving TESSCO’s customers access to remote sensing infrastructure inspection technologies.

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April 14, 2016

Dayton Business Journal discusses how Sinclair Community College is partnering with Sentera to grow its unmanned systems program.

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April 1, 2016

Power Magazine highlights Sentera’s OnTop™ software platform in its April article about “Leveraging Drones and Robots for O&M Savings”.

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April 1, 2016

The Los Angeles ABC News affiliate covered Sentera’s partnership with the Riverside County Sheriff‘s office, providing a drone and precision sensors for the County’s search and rescue missions.

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March 24, 2016

Minnesota Business Magazine writes about Sentera’s drone, sensor, and software offering for diverse market segments, with multiple solutions, and how Sentera is playing a dynamic role in the Minnesota business landscape.

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March 21, 2016

KARE11 News interviewed Sentera CEO Eric Taipale and the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering to find out how the high-precision UAS autopilot toolkit will benefit the agriculture industry and help growers reduce crop applications — better for the environment, yields, and ROI.

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March 5, 2016

Chris Bennett of Farm Journal Magazine reports on Sentera’s recent integration as a John Deere Operations Center Production Partner and collaboration with SST Software’s agX® Platform.

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February 12, 2016

UAS Magazine reports on Sentera’s recent integration as a John Deere Operations Center Production Partner and collaboration with SST Software’s agX® Platform.

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February 10, 2016

Chris Bennett of Farm Journal Magazine reports on Sentera’s AgVault™ software, allowing growers to gain immediate access to valuable aerial RGB, NIR, and NDVI imagery at the field’s edge.

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February 5, 2016

Mick Kjar of AgNews 890 interviewed Sentera VP of Agriculture Kris Poulson and chatted about how Sentera’s products could be used during the 2016 growing season, as well as the recent John Deere Production Partner announcement.

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January 25, 2016

The Minnesota Daily interviewed Sentera CEO Eric Taipale, discussing the collaborative effort between Sentera and the U of M College of Science and Engineering to create a professional open-source UAV autopilot.

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January 20, 2016

The Jamestown Sun reports on the Precision Ag Summit, where Sentera VP of Agriculture, Kris Poulson, highlighted  the significant number of drones gifted to growers this Christmas, and the positive impact drones can have on crop health decisions.

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January 19, 2016

KSTP 5 Eyewitness News interviewed Sentera CEO Eric Taipale and the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering to find out how the co-developed high-precision UAS autopilot toolkit will be of benefit to the industry.

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January 14, 2016

UAS Magazine describes the successful collaboration between the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering and Sentera to develop a high-precision UAS autopilot toolkit and how the teamwork is benefiting the agriculture industry.

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January 8, 2016

Farm Industry News‘ Executive Director, Willie Vogt, sat down with Sentera CEO Eric Taipale and EVP of Business Development Greg Emerick to discuss the 2016 outlook for precision agriculture and how to maximize drone data.

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December 21, 2015

MPR‘s Dan Gunderson and Sentera’s EVP of Business Development, Greg Emerick, discussed sensor, software and drone use in the agriculture industry. Gunderson notes the growing industry and inquires about other applications and uses.

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December 5, 2015

Sentera employees and their families generously supported the community by donating toys to the KARE11 Toys For Tots Foundation. Foundation has a mission of collecting and distributing toys to less fortunate children, making the holiday season a little brighter.

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December 1, 2015

Sentera’s Chief Aerospace Engineer, Todd Colten, presented at the Club Entrepreneur (Club-E) meeting held in Duluth, Minnesota where BusinessNorth was on-hand to capture the highlights including the future of commercial drone use and advancements in sensor and data management technologies.

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November 19, 2015

Sentera’s Chief Aerospace Engineer, Todd Colten, discussed how the Agriculture Industry is using drones to support operational efficiencies and The Progressive Farmer was there to report on the topic.

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November 12, 2015

UAS Magazine reports that Canadian company Gap Wireless will distribute Sentera’s OnTop Platform throughout Canada, as well as highlights Sentera’s 333 exemption.

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October 25, 2015

Sentera CEO Eric Taipale, and EVP Greg Emerick, sit down with the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper to discuss Sentera, drones and bringing this technology to market.

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October 22, 2015

Sentera’s Phantom 3 Professional NDVI Upgrade featured in UAS Magazine, showcasing how the product is helping the agriculture industry become more efficient.

Sentera offers precision ag upgrade for Phantom 3 drones

October 14, 2015

Sentera CEO, Eric Taipale, talks with AGL Magazine about how drones and big data are assisting with infrastructure management .

Drones, Big Data Assist Tower Management

October 8, 2015

Greg Emerick, EVP of Business Development, was interviewed by UAS Magazine to discuss how software is helping manage big data inherent in all drone and inspection imagery.

Sentera’s software simplifies UAS data handling for end users

October 1, 2015

Dakota Farmer highlights a critical weed-scouting project in which NDSU and Sentera are developing technologies to help farmers scout weeds using a UAV.

NDSU study to see if UAVs can help scout for weeds

September 8, 2015

Sentera CEO Eric Taipale participates in a Club-Entrepreneur (Club-E) panel discussion in St. Paul, Minnesota where the topic of conversation was about drones, sensors, data, and future technologies.

Club Entrepreneur Drone Panel

June 30, 2015

Our EVP of Business Development, Greg Emerick, was featured in Tower Times. Sentera is changing the way the tower industry manages photography.

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January 27, 2015

Our Chief Aero Engineer, Todd Colten, was interviewed by PTC on how we use Creo to develop the latest generation of products. Sentera is accelerating development of small aircraft platforms.

How a 3-Pound Airplane Just Boosted Farm Production

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Eric Taipale | CEO, Sentera | UAV + UAS

Eric Taipale

CEO & Co-Founder

Eric J. Taipale, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Sentera, LLC, has over 20 years of experience successfully leading teams and organizations that advance drone, sensor, and software technologies.

 

Preceding the formation of Sentera, Eric was the Chief Technology Officer of FourthWing Sensors LLC. He joined FourthWing from Lockheed Martin where he held a number of senior technical, business development, and program management roles, most recently serving as Chief Engineer of the Unmanned Solutions business area, with operations in Alabama, California, New York, and Utah. Previously, he served as Director of Engineering at Goodrich, now UTC Aerospace Systems.

 

Eric has a broad range of experience in the design, production, and sustainment of sensors, mission systems and platforms, which spans a number of manned and unmanned airborne, surface and subsurface platforms.

 

At Sentera, Eric leads a talented team of business and technical professionals who deliver affordable, high-precision data and knowledge products into the infrastructure, agriculture, and public safety markets.

 

Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona.

Greg Emerick | EVP, Sentera | UAV + UAS

Greg Emerick

Executive Vice President & Co-Founder

Greg Emerick, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Sentera, LLC, has an extensive, accomplished history leading sales and marketing teams at growing organizations.

 

Prior to co-founding Sentera, Greg was Vice President of Sales – North America, for a UAV & software solutions company focused in agriculture. Earlier positions include owner and president of an agricultural supply company and senior sales and marketing roles in electronics manufacturing and publishing companies.

 

Today Greg is responsible for cultivating Sentera’s global go-to-market strategy for sensors, data management software, training programs, and drones in the Public Safety, Agriculture and Infrastructure Inspection markets.

 

Greg is a proud member of NATE (National Association of Tower Erectors), Co-Chair of the NATE UAS Committee, and is the lead author in developing NATE’s UAS best practices around towers and their implementation into the industry.

 

Greg has a lifetime of aviation experience, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Aviation from St. Cloud State University and is a commercially rated pilot.

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