• Nasruddin Abu Sari Faculty of Information and Communication Technology Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Malaysia
  • A Ahmad Faculty of Information and Communication Technology Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Malaysia
  • MY Abu Sari Faculty of Information and Communication Technology Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Malaysia
  • S Sahib Faculty of Information and Communication Technology Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Malaysia
  • AW Rasib Faculty of Geoinformation and Real Estate, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia



Oil Palm, LARS, UAV, RAPID, LAPERS, precision agriculture


The need to produce high temporal remote sensing imagery for supporting precision agriculture in oil palm deserves a new low-altitude remote sensing (LARS) technique. Consumer over the shelf unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and digital cameras have the potential to serve as Personal Remote Sensing Toolkits which are low-cost, efficient, rapid and safe. The objectives of this study were to develop and test a new technique to rapidly capturing nadir images of large area oil palm plantation (1 km2 ~ 4 km2). Using 5 different multi-rotor UAV models several imagery missions were carried out. Multi-rotors were chosen as a platform due to its vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) feature. Multi-rotor’s VTOL was crucial for imagery mission success. Post processing results showed that for an area of 1 km2, it needs 2 to 6 sorties of quad-rotor UAV with 4000x3000 pixel digital cameras flying at altitude of 120m above ground level and an average of 50m cross-path distance. The results provide a suitability assessment of low-cost digital aerial imagery acquisition system. The study has successfully developed a decent workhorse quad-rotor UAV for Rapid Aerial Photogrammetry Imagery and Delivery (RAPID) in oil palm terrain. Finally we proposed the workhorse UAV as Low-Altitude Personal Remote Sensing (LAPERS) basic founding element.


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How to Cite

Abu Sari, N., Ahmad, A., Abu Sari, M., Sahib, S., & Rasib, A. (2015). DEVELOPMENT OF RAPID LOW-COST LARS PLATFORM FOR OIL PALM PLANTATION. Jurnal Teknologi, 77(20).