DJI Launches Portable Thermal Imaging Solution: Mavic 2 Ente… – UAV

DJI has built upon its enterprise range with the launch of another portable drone for commercial operations and first responders. The Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual looks to combine the portability and ease of use of the new Mavic 2 with side-by-side visual and thermal cameras. The result is a drone able to provide enhanced support in challenging environments.

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DJI and FLIR team up again

DJI has developed the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual in partnership with FLIR Systems, following on from the launch of the Zenmuse XT2 earlier this year.

As a result, the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual offers the ability to measure temperatures and conveniently store images and temperature data for efficient reporting and analysis, along with the same array of advanced controls and accessories found in the Mavic 2 Enterprise. DJI envisions the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual providing value to a range of industrial and time-sensitive operations, from utility inspections to emergency response.

“Drones are fast becoming a common sighting in public safety and inspection operations, where users get immediate value from a reliable aerial tool that can easily be deployed anywhere at any time,” said Jan Gasparic, DJI Director of Strategic Partnerships.

“When DJI and FLIR first introduced the XT camera in 2015, we opened up a range of new commercial drone applications. With the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual, we are enabling safer operations in more diverse environments so operators can focus on accomplishing their missions.”

DJI set sights on portable thermal imaging market

The future of commercial drone operations is getting smaller, cheaper and more portable. That’s the conclusion to take from DJI’s enterprise launches in recent months. The Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual comes at a significantly lower cost than purchasing an Inspire drone and a thermal Zenmuse camera.

And it doesn’t appear to lack too much in terms of capability.

The 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 Lepton thermal micro-camera 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– FLIR’s patented MSX, or multispectral dynamic imaging, embosses high-fidelity, visible light details onto the thermal imagery 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 equipped with the FLIR Lepton, our smallest thermal microcamera, offers a significant opportunity to introduce thermal imaging capabilities to more drone owners,” said Jim Cannon, President and CEO at FLIR. “This is our third product with DJI and its world-leading platforms, and this latest Thermal by FLIR collaboration is a significant step forward in making thermal an essential feature in the industry.’

Compatibility with DJI’s enterprise accessories

The Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual is compatible with the full line of Mavic 2 Enterprise accessories. They are securely mounted to the drone’s body and operated through the DJI Pilot flight control app. These accessories are designed to take drones to the next level: beyond imaging tools and, according to DJI, “into configurable platforms that enhance mission productivity.”

The enterprise accessories available at the moment are:

  • Spotlight – A dual spotlight with a brightness of 2,400 lumens aids operators in carrying out missions in dark or low-light areas. The spotlight is ideal for search and rescue as well as inspection applications.
  • Speaker – A loudspeaker with a maximum projection of 100 decibels (1-meter distance) lets pilots play up to 10 custom voice recordings on demand, providing a communications channel to nearby individuals that can be critical during lifesaving emergency operations.
  • Beacon – Designed with U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Night Waiver standards in mind, the M2E Beacon features a bright flashing strobe visible three miles away. This helps pilots carry out missions in low-light conditions or at night much more safely, and provides additional airspace awareness for operators of nearby drones and traditional aircraft.

The new Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual also comes with the same cybersecurity features of the baseline Mavic Enterprise. All are designed to protect the integrity of photos, videos, flight logs and other data generated during sensitive flights. The drone is also equipped with DJI’s AirSense, which improves pilots’ situational awareness and enhances airspace safety by automatically alerting drone pilots of ADS-B signals from nearby aeroplanes and helicopters and by sending real-time positioning alerts through the DJI Pilot flight control app.

Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual uses DJI’s FOC propulsion motors combined with efficient propellers for quieter and more efficient flight, delivering a maximum flight time of up to 31 minutes and a top speed of 72 kph (45 mph). In addition, a self-heating battery allows the drone to perform reliably in adverse weather conditions as low as -10 Celsius (14 Fahrenheit).

DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual: Price and Availability

The retail price of a Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual which includes an aircraft, a remote controller, one battery, all three mountable accessories and a protector case with flight tools, is $2,699 (€2,899).

A Fly More Kit which includes two additional batteries, one battery charging hub, one car charger, one USB connector, one soft case and two additional propellers will also available for $419.

Starting today, Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual is available for purchase through authorized DJI Enterprise resellers worldwide. For more information, you can visit its product page here.

Malek Murison is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for tech trends and innovation. He handles product reviews, major releases and keeps an eye on the enthusiast market for DroneLife.
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