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Features of Drones with Thermal Camera


Devices that can be controlled and guided by remote control are called drones. Drones, which were first developed in 1916 for military use, are needed in many areas today.

Some of the sectors that benefit from drones:

Energy: It is used in the control of natural gas, oil and pipe systems and to identify faults in places where human access is limited.

Agriculture: Crops in the field can be sprayed, irrigated and the necessary stages for all productivity can be recorded by drones.

Cargo: Since it takes a lot of cost and time to deliver cargo to the customer with existing methods, some cargo companies send their cargo completely unmanned with the help of drones.

Military: Drones, which are included in the military inventory of many countries, are used for reconnaissance, radar, tracking and attack.

In Turkey, Baykar has proven its competence in this field by producing the world’s latest technology products with unmanned aerial vehicles developed by the company and has made a name for itself all over the world.

Since unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are needed more and more every day, the usage areas of drones are increasing day by day.

What is Thermal Drone?

When it comes to thermal drone, features such as heat sensitive, able to see and detect temperature come to mind. In addition to traditional video cameras, it uses thermal camera equipment to detect heat. In the dark of night, search and rescue teams can detect a living creature from body temperatures with a thermal camera. In short, the thermal camera allows us to see by detecting the temperature of many things that we cannot see with the eye.
Thermal examination can be carried out in many areas from land evaluation in agricultural areas to search and rescue operations and detection of PV panel faults in solar power plants.

How Does a Drone with Thermal Camera Work?

Thermal cameras shape the general structure of the image with the colours it creates according to infrared energy and colour differences in areas where the temperature is concentrated. The images taken by these cameras cannot be seen by the human eye. Thermal camera images have a palette of colours. Colours reflect different temperatures for people, structures and objects. Even when a building is viewed from the outside with a thermal drone, we can see the losses experienced by that building due to thermal insulation. For example, due to the missing building insulation in a school, it throws out the temperature of the heating coils to a certain extent because the insulation of the wall behind it is missing, and this causes serious losses in terms of efficiency.
Thermal RJEG images display these colours as blue to red spots on the screen, indicating different temperatures according to the choice of the colour palette. Low temperatures are shown in blue and as the temperature rises the colours change to red, or if you are using a white colour palette, cold spots are shown in black and hot spots are shown in white.

A thermal drone camera consists of a lens that allows IR frequencies to pass through. The camera contains the thermal sensor and an image processor, all enclosed in a protective case. The camera is usually suspended in the air with technology that rotates up to 360 degrees and helps stabilise the camera, allowing it to fly in different modes. When the drone is in motion, the camera’s thermal sensor detects infrared wavelengths and converts them into electronic signals. After the image processor receives the signals, it creates a thermographic image consisting of a colour map showing different temperature values, which means RJEP image.

Solar Power Plant Site Inspection with Thermal Dron

One of the prominent areas of use of thermal cameras preferred in many fields is solar power plants. While helping to identify defects in the cells of solar panels, it also provides data by collecting information about the performance of solar power plants. It detects malfunctions by looking at the performance of the solar power plant. In this way, time and cost are saved in maintenance and repairs, and accordingly, efficiency increases significantly.
Thermal controls of solar power plants should be carried out regularly. Solar panel inspection with drone is the most efficient method to perform visual inspection of solar panels. Thermal inspection, which is a more comprehensive inspection, helps to identify potential problems in or around solar panels.
One of the advantages of aerial imaging with thermal camera drones is that measurements can be made with the same precision without being exposed to any effects caused by hot and cold weather compared to manpower. The GES site inspection, which can be carried out in an average of 10 days with manpower, is carried out in an average of 30 minutes with thermal drones.
If you wish, you can get only reporting service from us by transferring the images of the inspections you have made with your own thermal drones to the cloud system of mapperx.com.
After the inspections we have made with DJI branded drones, we provide detailed information to the users by reporting the anomalies found in your SPP sites as soon as possible at world standards thanks to MapperX autonomous artificial intelligence software, which is completely our own production.

MapperX Increases the Efficiency of SPP Sites

Our autonomous artificial intelligence software, developed by our expert engineers, identifies fault types and converts orthomosaic maps into digital fields.
You can save time and make your solar panels more efficient with thermal inspection of your solar power plants.
With the DJI Zenmuse H20T (with thermal camera) drone, you can monitor the temperature of SPP sites to eliminate any risk by taking a precise temperature reading from the air. The images captured by the Zenmuse H20T are in R-JPEG format with embedded temperature information, and you can measure and display the temperatures of any point at any time in MapperX software afterwards.
You transfer the images to the MapperX cloud system and we will report your data 100% autonomously at world standards. Visit the website to learn more about “Thermal Inspection Advantages”