Drone Thermal Imaging

Drone thermal imaging can improve efficiency, locate flaws and strengthen your decision making.

Why Use Drone Thermal Imaging?

Thermal imaging offers a new perspective on your project.

1. Spot Inefficiencies and Safety Issues

Scan for leaks and find sources of energy inefficiencies and exterior issues in your structures. Buildings and structures can be monitored and examined for overheating spots, damaged components, and faulty connections.

2. Get an Efficient Overview

Aside from capturing high-resolution images, many thermal imaging drones can also stitch multiple images into an orthomosaic map. This provides both a broad overview of any area and reveals problem spots as well as the life cycle of specific components.

3. Evaluate Infrastructure

For the safety of everyone, it’s essential to be able to spot deterioration in public infrastructure. Thermal imaging helps determine the degree of deterioration in infrastructure like roads and bridges, allowing us to evaluate the overall health of structures.

4. Emergency Response

Thermal imaging is highly useful in emergency response operations. Drones can spot people even in the darkest areas. So it’s the most efficient way to locate missing persons. Thermal drones can find sources of explosions and wildfires – seeing through smoke and visualising these hotspots from a safe distance.

What is Drone Thermal Imaging?

Drone technology is already widely used for capturing images of construction, infrastructure and agriculture projects, such as drone farm mapping. Drones and aerial thermal imaging offer even more points of data.

Equipped with specialised cameras that can accurately detect the temperature of objects, drone thermal imaging services show sources of both heat and cold in buildings and other structures.

This technology can be used for processes like finding thermal inefficiencies, identifying stress and disease in crops, or conducting search and rescue operations at night.

How is Drone Thermal Imaging Used?

Drones fitted with thermal imaging cameras play an important role in a variety of mapping, engineering and construction applications.

At Toll Uncrewed Systems, our operators can use thermal imaging technology for:

  • Agriculture thermal imaging. Along with mapping, our crop spraying drones can capture thermal imaging for agriculture and farming applications. Agricultural thermal imaging can detect signs of disease and stress in crops, allowing farmers to identify issues and increase their yield.
  • Thermal construction and engineering inspections. Thermal imaging is commonly used to inspect buildings and construction projects for thermal inefficiencies and leaking service pipes.
  • Solar panel and solar farm thermal imaging. Solar panels are common both in residential and commercial settings. Thermal imaging can be used to identify excess heat in solar panel arrays and to locate failing panels.
  • Emergency response. An emergency response drone can be deployed rapidly and used to scan large areas in emergency situations, such as floods, fires and rescues.
  • Thermal infrastructure inspections. Heat buildups in infrastructure can indicate damage or defects that are invisible to the human eye. Thermal imaging drones provide reliable and accurate assessments of the health of infrastructure such as roads, railways, bridges and more.


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How does thermal imaging work?

Thermal imaging uses infrared cameras to detect the amount of infrared radiation (IR) being emitted by an object. The camera converts the IR data into an image showing the temperature of the object.

What can thermal imaging detect?

Thermal imaging cameras can be used to detect any sources of heat or cold, such as humans, animals, liquids and inanimate objects. Aerial thermal imaging is especially useful for detecting humans and livestock, providing data for surveying and identifying faults in electrical connections, solar panels and other building infrastructure.

Can infrared cameras see in the dark?

Infrared cameras do not rely on visible light to record images. That means they can see at night, or in conditions that are smoky, dusty or foggy.

Can thermal imaging see through walls?

Thermal imaging cannot see sources of heat through walls, but they can detect heat near the surface. If a building is filled with something that is emitting heat, that heat may be detected on the exterior surfaces of a building during aerial imaging.

Can thermal imaging detect leaks?

Aerial thermal imaging can be used to detect the presence of liquid leaks or moisture build up in structures. While thermal imaging cannot detect a leak through a wall, it may be able to detect build ups of moisture in certain surfaces.

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