Optris PI LightWeight Infrared Camera for UAV’s

Ultra Lightweight Radiometric Infrared Cameras with New Features

The relaunched Optris PI Lightweight 7.5-13 µm series of infrared cameras provides a combination of a re-engineered lightweight mini PC and PI infrared camera. Employing the latest technology, and being the only fully radiometric flight thermography on the market, recordings can be started and stopped via remote control and subsequently edited. The system has a special interface for visual GoPro cameras and USB GPS modules are also now supported, so that geographical coordinates can be embedded in the radiometric video file with each video frame. The total package weighs just 380g making it small and light enough to be mounted on some of the smallest UAV’s available.

Infrared images and videos from the air, recorded by drones, UAVs and other flying objects, are becoming increasingly important in industrial maintenance, and significant cost savings can be made using this technology. Applications include building thermography, agricultural surveys, solar farm monitoring, wind turbine maintenance, electricity transmission cable checking and other major infrastructure work. It is also quite possible for the units to be used in security and disaster recovery work such as in earthquake zones, perhaps where collapsed buildings are difficult to access.

Covering -20°C to 900°C , the new PI LightWeight can be fitted with our popular high resolution PI400 and PI450 cameras (382 x 288 pixels and a thermal sensitivity of up to 40mK) and for the first time with the PI640 VGA camera (640 x 480 pixels). Video recordings of up to 80 Hz in QVGA resolution and up to 125 Hz in VGA sub-frame mode (640 x 120 pixels) are possible. Depending on your camera, fields of view from 13° to 90° are now available giving you the view of your subject that you need.

Paired with the compact but powerful PI NetBox, a mini PC operating under Linux, gives you all the features of our free PI Connect thermal analysis software package. The NetBox has a very low power requirement of just 12W (includes power requirement of camera) and requires a power supply of 10-48V to operate. All hardware is included inside the tiny aluminium housing including Samsung Exynos processor, memory and hard drive.

Recording your video files for 35 to 100 minutes (depending on your camera) is a Micro SDHC data card and the NetBox will accept upto 32GB of storage. Downloading of files is simple and straight forward via a USB 3.0 memory stick. The radiometric infrared files copied in the USB stick are opened and viewed in the Optris PIConnect software.

If you need a complete drone and infrared camera package, we can put you in touch with system integrators using our PI LightWeight in their UAV and drone aircraft.

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