DJI has introduced a small form thermal UAS solution. DJI in cooperation with FLIR has introduced the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual. The unit has integrated optical and thermal imaging in one small package. The thermal imaging resolution is lower than other solutions. Is the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual the right solution for your application?
Introducing the latest addition to the Mavic 2 Enterprise Series – the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual – a portable industrial drone equipped with powerful, side-by-side visual and thermal cameras that provide commercial pilots a reliable tool to operate better, safer and quicker in challenging environments. Developed in partnership with FLIR Systems, the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual features the compact design of DJI’s Mavic 2 Series drones with the same array of advanced controls and accessories found in the Mavic 2 Enterprise. The Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual allows users to measure temperatures and conveniently store images and temperature data for efficient reporting and analysis, adding immediate value to a range of industrial or time-sensitive operations today from utility inspections to emergency response.
Powerful and Portable Thermal Imaging
Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual features a three-axis gimbal stabilized camera housing a side-by-side 4K sensor for capturing visible light and a FLIR imaging sensor for capturing thermal data. Together these sensors allow pilots to perform flights at night, as well as fly in complex daytime conditions like fog and smoke. Users can select from multiple intelligent display modes in the DJI Pilot flight control app to visualize data from the dual-sensor camera: FLIR MSX – A new feature that combines data from the visual and thermal cameras in real time to enhance visual details, helping pilots quickly identify and interpret critical data that may not be immediately visible to the naked eye.
• Spot Meter – Displays the average temperature of an object, helping pilots monitor and measure critical or hazardous objects while maintaining a safe distance.
• Area Measurement – Displays the average, lowest, and highest temperature, as well as the corresponding locations of each area, allowing inspectors to quickly assess objects and determine if an asset may be overheating.
• Isotherm – Allows pilots to designate specific temperature ranges to be displayed using a custom color palette so objects within the range relay higher contrast and better visibility. This feature includes custom profiles to aid search and rescue pilots in identifying people and to help firefighters identify hot spots in fires, as well as a custom profile setting for added flexibility.
The Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual is compatible with the full line of Mavic 2 Enterprise accessories, including
Spotlight, Speaker, and Beacon. It also comes with the same features as Mavic 2 Enterprise, like Data Security,
GPS Timestamping, DJI AirSense, Ocusync 2.0 and so on.
There are pluses and minuses to the M2E Dual. The thermal core is not entirely integrated into the craft, this is a bonus as there may be upgrades in the future.
The resolution of the thermal unit is only 160 x 120 pixels as opposed to the 640 x 512 pixels possible with the Zenmuse XT or XT2. The, of course, will cause a decrease in the thermal resolution with altitude and distance. For example, at an altitude of 50 feet, the smallest detectable object would be approximately 19 inches, at 200 feet, this increases to almost 75 inches. This in contrast to the high-resolution XT/XT2 sensor which would result in detection of an object 6 inches and 23 inches respectively.
If the goal is relatively close thermal observation, the M2E Dual is a great choice, if you are looking for more thermal density at longer distances or higher altitudes, then consider the XT or XT2 coupled with a Matrice 200 series UAS.