Infrared Drone Cameras: How the Marriage of these Technologies is Revolutionizing Industries

Hello family; what’s happening.  In today’s blog I am going to be briefly talking about a very captivating subject, infrared drone cameras.  The relationship between these two awesome technologies continues to modify the way many people in a wide range of fields are operating.

As a licensed home inspector, I use both drone technology to safely conduct roof inspections from the ground, and I use thermal technology to identify thermal anomalies that could potentially adversely impact the health of the home owner and the home. So, the prospect of upgrading to a drone with a high resolution thermal camera such as FLIR’s Boson thermal camera may take the service I provide to the next level.

Drones with thermal cameras give commercial roof inspectors the advantage of detecting latent moisture under the roof covering that could degrade the roof structure beneath.  This could definitely be a sizzle feature in a report and a valuable resource when painting the picture for a client.

Home and roof inspections represents only a couple of fields that have been impacted by the increasing awareness of both drones and their accompanying infrared enhancements.

Drones with Infrared Cameras used by Emergency Services

In an era of social distancing,  the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is leveraging the marriage of drone and thermal technology to make a few fire fighters look like many.  Firemen from the LAFD use drones to map out areas prone to wildfires to help preserve life and property.

Drones cover more acreage faster than multiple firemen of foot, and with aerial-thermal capabilities potentially dangerous brush around residential areas can be identified and mapped resulting in notifications to property owners for appropriate action.

The LAFD also uses the combined technology to actively fight wildfires.  Drones with infrared cameras identify concentrated areas of fires and hotspots from a safe distance enabling ground units to be effectively dispatched to attack the wildfires.

Another creative way that drones with thermal capabilities are being used by emergency services such as LAFD is to perform search and rescue operations.  The heat given off by the human body can be identified in a cool forest at night from the sky using a drone equipped with thermal technologies.

Aerial Thermal Technology Used to Protect the Environment

In the United Kingdom, drones armed with infrared enhancements are being used to help save species such as the native Skylark from further decline due to human intervention.  The Skylark is a bird that nests on the ground, and agricultural practice and developments have threaten this species survival.

However, with the utilization of drones with infrared cameras scientist and ecologist can now more accurately map and more effectively designate the nesting areas of the Skylarks in less time than traditional ways.  In fact, due to its less invasive nature and the maximization of time, the scientist and ecologist are starting to incorporate this method as the primary means of assessing Skylark habitats.

From commercial roof inspections to its use as a way to potentially save endangered species, the use of drone technology coupled with infrared technology is only limited by the imagination of the users, and it is continuing to revolutionize the daily operations of many different industries.

Additional Resource of Interest

1. https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/la-east/wildfires/2020/07/10/lafd-leverages-drone-technology-during-pandemic

2. https://www.bucksherald.co.uk/news/hs2-use-thermal-drone-imaging-protect-skylarks-2923143

3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXp-aVPTz_w

1 thought on “Infrared Drone Cameras: How the Marriage of these Technologies is Revolutionizing Industries”

  1. Interesting topic. It is interesting how aerial thermal technology has become so diversified. It can be used for home roof inspections, the environment, and for wildlife habitats. Very good post.

    Kent

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