CamerasDronesPayloadsThermal Imaging DronesThermal Imaging Drones – All You Need To Know

September 1, 2021by FairMarketing

Who uses thermal imaging drones?

We’ve seen them used for maintenance, to maintain asset integrity, to conduct inspections, and more. Thermal imaging cameras can be used for asset inspections as well as asset maintenance. Roof inspections can also be conducted with thermal imaging cameras which allows to safely locate hot spots and leaks in troubled areas.  Search and rescue teams have used thermal imaging drones to quickly  locate missing people and get them back to safety. 

Drones with thermal imaging capabilities can make your workforce more efficient all while maintaining a higher level of safety.


How do thermal drones work?

Thermal drones use infrared radiation or heat to form images. They measure the surface temperature of an object and detect changes in temperature. Operators can view and record the temperature differences from their thermal camera using their smart remote controllers. 

You’ll see red, yellow, or blue smears representing the temperatures the camera is picking up on. Color schemes can vary, but red and blue are typical. Some models also allow you to change the color settings.

Some areas can’t be accurately measured by a thermal camera, like mirrors.


How do you read thermal images?

First, understand which colors represent the hottest and coolest colors on your thermal camera set up. You can adjust the temperature settings before take-off. Often, the hottest items will go red or orange while the coolest items will show up in blue or green. 

This will give you a wealth of information from the moment you see the image. It will tell you where certain structures, features, people, or problems may be located.


How do you process thermal images?

Work with the drone’s software to manipulate the images in ways that give you additional information. For example, you can pull the photos from the software and sharpen the images, using them to get more information. You’ll also be able to pull GPS data from the drone.

If you were working with multiple camera types, i.e., loading up your drone with both a thermal and visual camera, then you can compare the visual images to the drone’s heat images to get even more information. 

What’s the difference between thermal/ infrared, and night vision?

Thermal cameras use infrared sensors. They detect differences in the temperatures between certain objects to create a heat-based image.

Night vision items work by magnifying the light in the scene. That’s why you see green-tinted images. Night vision technology is not as effective as thermal technology, which is why drone cameras are manufactured to use infrared instead. This is the level of technology that is required for most of the applications our cameras are used for. 


Need a thermal drone for your operations?

Ask us about the Mavic 2 Enterprise, the M300 RTK + H2OT, and the Autel Evo II Dual thermal imaging cameras. These are some of the most cutting-edge thermal cameras on the market and can help you achieve all of your organization’s goals. 




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