DJI is a household name when it comes to consumer drone segment. The company is now seemingly prepping up it’s offering to cater to the commercial drone market. As part of this endeavor, DJI recently announced a thermal-imaging sensor for its drones. The Zenmuse XT2 is a development kit which will allow users to use the thermal sensing camera as an attachment for DJI drones.
The kit will allow consumers to choose from a variety of accessories and this adds a new layer of functionality to their DJI drones (matrice 200 series). All of this is enabled via an adapter called “Skyport.” What this adapter does is that it gives access to drone’s gimbal, APIs, and power supply. With this in place, any accessory can be hooked to the drone without the need for a cable or any such contraption. In other words, the DJI’s new Skyport kit works similar to the Moto Mods on the Motorola smartphone.
The commercial drone buyers are very particular about the utility. They often use the drones for specific purposes. The Skyport will allow commercial consumers to add their preferred module to a drone. For instance, the consumers can add a spectrometer, Geiger counter and the list goes on. Furthermore, the Skyport adapter also gives access to the Matrice’s built-in data communications system, and this will allow the companies to monitor the drone on a real-time basis and also collect the data simultaneously.
The DJI’s new camera is a result of a partnership with Flir, a thermal imaging company that has been supplying thermal camera modules for Cat S60. A DJI drone with the thermal imaging camera can detect the thermal signals in its field of view. This throws open an entirely new possibility for rescue and search missions. Since the thermal camera is capable of picking the hottest signals, it can also be used while rescuing people from burning buildings.
There is no doubt that DJI is gearing up to shape up as a formidable commercial drone supplier. On a related note, the ever-expanding logistic needs will ensure that solutions like this get the attention they deserve and perhaps flourish in the near future.