Drones are finding more place (and even more areas) in which to make an impact on the business world. They’re at the cutting edge of advances in surveillance technology and this makes them a tool worth considering in almost any commercial industry. If you fly drones as part of your business, you will already be familiar with drones for surveying, surveillance, and aerial mapping but there are so many more sectors they can be used to explore and expand.
In today’s post, we are going to look at one possible application of drone technology across different industries going forward – thermography. Thermography is the translation of thermal energy (heat) into visible light so as to analyse a particular object or scene. An aerial thermographer uses a thermal camera (such as can be attached to a drone) to measure that translation as it is happening.
Five industries that can benefit from drone-driven thermography:
1. Power line inspections
A failure in power lines can lead to a fire. By detecting weak points in the transmission and distribution networks, thermography can identify problem areas before a problem occurs, possibly preventing a future fire. This can be done more accurately and quickly (as well as in a more cost-effective manner) than with a manual operation.
2. Fire fighting
Thermography can be used to pick up heat signals not visible to the naked eye. This can be useful in locating fire victims in a forest or house fire where visibility is low, as well as check whether there are any ‘hot spots’ still active after a fire has been put out. In this way, drone thermography can help speed up rescue missions and keep fire fighters safe.
3. Roof inspections
Thermography can be used to perform a safe and swift audit of any building or structure, residential or commercial, to discover whether there is heat loss or excessive heat in certain places. Identifying (and then fixing) areas where energy loss is high can be valuable in saving business’s time and money.
4. Hazardous materials or environment inspections
Where human inspectors cannot go, drones can. Drones using thermography-driven technology can be used to gather real-time data on spills and potentially dangerous situations before special teams are sent in to clean up.
5. Search and rescue operations
The search for missing persons, especially in the wild, needs to be fast, efficient, and expansive. With their surveillance capabilities, drones can offer just that and more. With thermography, they afford the operator the opportunity to search for an individual’s heat signature, making to easier to find them even if they are injured or unable to call out for help.
When it comes to surveillance, inspection, and data gathering, drones offer a whole new dimension to many industrial activities. Keen to implement aerial mapping and surveying services in your business? Talk to us! Through our commercial services and turnkey drone surveying and mapping solutions, our innovative range of technologies and solutions can make drone technology a reality in your business.
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