In the summer of 2018, Parrot unveiled its drone designed for individual customers. Weighing under 500 grams, the drone was capable of 4K quality imaging. The same company has now launched the Anafi Thermal as an economical drone targeting industries such as –
- Civil service professionals
- Building and public works engineers
- Energy producers and transporters
- Environment preservationists
Following are the specifications of the product –
- Carbon fiber frame
- Frame filling which consists of hollow glass microbeads
- Folding arms that unfold in less than three seconds
- 21-megapixel Sony IMX230 sensor
- Capacity to shoot 30 frames in HDR quality at 100 Mbps
- 4 X lossless zoom
- 315 grams of body weight
- 26-minute flight time
- Capacity to view thermal and RGM images of surfaces as well as structures
- Recording of the images by a Flir sensor — Flir supplies auto companies such as BMW, GM, Audi, etc.
- 160 X 120 resolution
- Heat recording capacity between 14 & 752 degrees Fahrenheit
The drone will be available starting next month.
“The drone’s unique imaging capabilities allow professionals to take immediate action or analyze recorded photos and videos in unprecedented detail,” Anafi wrote in a press release. “Anafi Thermal collects relevant and previously inaccessible data with complete security, improving the return on investment, efficiency, and productivity for professionals in multiple industries.”
AT&T and similar companies leverage drones for inspecting infrastructure and in providing assistance for disaster zones. A large number of government agencies are adopting drones as a part of the FAA’s UAV programme. In May 2018, FAA had rolled out a competition inviting ideas for better applications of drones. The agency chose 10 winners out of 160 applicants.
The drone industry is estimated to reach $127 billion dollars by 2020.
The path for Parrot’s Annafi thermal is a tough one. Its biggest competition is DJI’s Mavic 2 Enterprise, a similar drone with a slightly different configuration.