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Thermal cameras have come on the scene as an indispensable tool in all kinds of industries and applications. In the public safety sector, thermal imaging is utilized by firefighters, law enforcement and other first responders to enhance safety and improve outcomes. An aerial thermal camera provides firefighters and rescue workers the ability to observe and monitor large areas from a safe distance, along with the ability to see through smoke, and at night or in poor visibility conditions. These features are instrumental in locating lost or injured people, or in safely monitoring rescue efforts. In utility industries, thermal imaging has become standard in asset inspections. Drones are an ideal tool for inspection of solar panel arrays, whether installed on rooftops or in large fields, with their ability to cover a large area quickly. A thermal camera can quickly and easily identify hotspots, which are indicators of faulty or malfunctioning photovoltaic cells, in a fraction of the time and effort required by manual inspection. In pipeline inspections as well, aerial thermal imaging provides a solution to the nearly impossible task of inspecting miles of pipeline in often remote and inaccessible areas. Thermal measurements can identify areas of damaged insulation or leakage, even in certain cases in underground pipelines. In the real estate and construction industry, thermal drones are a great advantage in providing access to rooftops, or achieving an entire view of a large construction, enabling easy identification of potential problem areas, whether it’s water leakage, poor insulation, or other types of damage - and all without having to put a person up on the roof or in other dangerous situations. For agricultural applications, the use of thermal imaging can help in phenotyping, or identifying cultivar varieties in large seedbeds, and monitoring plant responses to conditions. Thermal drones are also used to detect water stress on crops, identifying irrigation issues, and allowing for precise responses to areas needing input. In all of these applications and more, aerial thermal imaging makes possible a higher degree of safety, control, precision and efficiency than can be achieved without this technology.
If you or your organization are just getting started in the use of thermal imaging, a good place to start is with an entry-level thermal drone package. Opting for a bundle or package takes the guesswork out of the process, ensuring that you will have all the parts you need to get started, and that the whole package will work together with no compatibility issues. Going with an entry-level system will give you the opportunity to gain skills and experience in the field of thermal imaging without having to break the bank, while still providing the high-quality imaging you need to collect and assess valuable data to make your organization or business more efficient and productive. The precise drone package that you need will depend on your industry and the intended application, so don’t hesitate to speak with one of our experts to find out which entry-level thermal drone package is right for you.
We understand that deciding which commercial drone solution is right for your organization isn't as simple as just picking one from a hat. That's why we want to give you the tools to help you make an informed decision. Check our understanding thermal drones blog and info below to learn more about our entire line of thermal drone solutions, and if you still need some guidance, our experts are available to compare options M-F 7AM - 5PM PST
The FLIR Vue Pro was introduced in 2015 but is still one of the best thermal cameras for drones. Its small size and powerful sensor make it an ideal option for many uses, and its lower price point makes it perfect for anyone that needs thermal on a tight budget.
This in-depth review shows in-app footage, goes over several use cases, and mentions the pros and cons of the new Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual. Despite its small size, the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual is jam-packed with features and capabilities.
The FLIR Vue Pro gives drone operators and thermographers the power to gather accurate, non-contact temperature measurements from an aerial perspective. Available in performance or radiometric, the Vue Pro is an extremely powerful thermal imaging camera in a very small package.
The radiometric option for the FLIR Vue Pro offers calibrated temperature data in every single pixel. That means instead of just visualizing the temperature differences as with a performance camera, the images can be viewed in FLIR Tools and the actual temperature can be read for every single pixel in the image. This is an incredible advantage for many professionals that require in-depth data for their clients or in their own personal enterprise.
The FLIR UAS app (available for iOS and Android) allows operators to easily set color palettes, image optimization features, and configure PWM inputs all without having to take a computer into the field.
The Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual is the latest addition to the Mavic series of drones, one of the best selling drone series in the world. It is the first compact foldable drone with an integrated EO/IR gimballed camera.
One of the biggest features of the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual (besides the thermal camera) is the modular accessory bay. The modular accessory bay can be used with the accessories included and possibly more to come soon. Included is a "Beacon" for FAA compliant anti-collision lighting, a spotlight for illuminating a particular area, and a loudspeaker for communicating with a distant subject.
The Parrot Bebop Pro Thermal utilizes a FLIR One Pro for live in-app EO/IR imaging at a very low cost. The Bebop Pro is unrivaled in its class, offering a solid flight experience, EO/IR imaging, and Parrot reliability all for $1,500!