We have always maintained that DroneDeploy is one of the best mapping software out there. It’s the only drone mapping solution that lets you create drone maps in the field instantly. You don’t have to upload the images anywhere, or even have access to the Internet. The map gets stitched on your mobile screen in real time as the drone proceeds on its flight plan. If that wasn’t incredible enough, this week, DroneDeploy added another capability to its Live Map service – thermal imaging.
Thermal inspections are usually time-consuming; it takes hours or even days to collect and analyze the data. And traditionally undertaken by manned aircraft which can only access limited areas, thermal inspections have carried a pretty high price tag for the low-resolution data they typically yield.
DroneDeploy plans to change all that with its Thermal Live Map for iOS devices. By enabling industries like building, agriculture, solar, public safety, and roofing to see the unseen in real time, DroneDeploy is empowering organizations to make smarter business decisions even before their drone has hit the ground.
For example, identifying damaged solar panels in a solar farm would only take minutes – not days – with the help of this solution. Live thermal imagery can also be used to detect areas of plant stress in an agricultural field. Similarly, firefighters can use the Thermal Live Map to see through the smoke and track where victims are trapped in a large fire scene.
Another industry that would benefit greatly from this solution is construction. Not only is using drones for building and roof inspections much safer than sending a person to the site with a ladder, a real-time thermal map can pinpoint problems like cracks and leaks in a jiffy and minimize any danger to the workers. For Grant Hagen, Virtual Design and Construction Manager at The Beck Group, drone-based live thermal imaging is a game-changer. “Rather than searching for a needle in a haystack, you have a map to tell you right where to look,” Hagen sums up.dro