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Parrot launches ANAFI Thermal drone

Parrot launches ANAFI Thermal drone

Parrot has launched a unique compact drone with thermal and 4K camera.

The ANAFI Thermal drone has a 4K HDR camera and a FLIR thermal sensor. FLIR is a leader in thermal imaging. This drone can help easily shift between RGB and thermal imaging. So flaws in structures, leakages etc or presence of people/animals etc can be easily found through thermal imaging. So this drone will be of help in many different sectors and applications.

The ANAFI Thermal drone is going to be available in May 2019.

Anafi Thermal Thermal drone

Anafi Thermal Thermal drone

The FLIR sensor gives a 160×120 pixels resolution and a temperature range of 14°F to 752°F reveals the invisible and provides live temperature readings. Using the FreeFlight 6 app, one can immediately know heat loss, presence of intruders etc. It can give us a good idea about wildlife as well.

The gimbal can tilt 90° upwards or downwards to cover areas. There is a 3x digital zoom as well to zoom in to areas. However, how much quality is lost due to digital zoom is not known.

The normal 4K HDR camera for RGB imaging is based on a 21 MP sony sensor.

The ANAFI Thermal drone is lightweigh and is only 315g. So can be easily carried in the field. It can also quickly start and fly in 3 seconds.

It has a good topspeed of 55kmph. So quickly reaching close to the subject is easy. Since it can withstand winds of upto 50 kmph, one can use this drone in bad weather.

Since there is a USBC slot for charging, one can recharge from powerbanks as well. So that is good to charge in the field.

Its Parrot Skycontroller 3 remote control is claimed to offer a powerful, reliable WiFi connection up to 2km.

The photo and videos are recorded to a 16GB microSD card.

Price: At $1900 US Dollars the price is way higher for normal consumers. So use of this drone is likely to be limited to the professionals in certain industries.



The ultra-compact and lightweight thermal drone solution dedicated to all professionals!

With thermal and 4K cameras, Parrot’s unique new drone is built for several professional applications

EMBARGO: April 15, 2019—Parrot, the leading European drone group, has unveiled ANAFI Thermal: An all-in-one drone-based thermography solution (drone + sensor + software) with proven reliability and outstanding performance.

ANAFI Thermaluses the lightweight, simple-to-use, and highly advanced ANAFI drone platform, which has evolved for professional usage. In addition to its built-in 4K HDR camera, ANAFI Thermal integrates a FLIR® thermal sensor. With the ability to reveal the invisible in an instant, the FLIR®sensor is a benchmark feature in the professional drone sector. ANAFI Thermal collects relevant and previously inaccessible data with complete security, improving the return on investment, efficiency and productivity for professionals in multiple industries.

With ANAFI Thermal, professionals can view live thermal and RGB images (4K HDR) of surfaces, structures or at-risk areas as the drone flies over or under them. The drone’s unique imaging capabilities allow professionals to take immediate action or analyze recorded photos and videos in unprecedented detail.

With this unparalleled solution in the UAV market, Parrot is reinforcing its commitment to professionals. ANAFI Thermal is designed to profoundly revolutionize the way many industries and trades operate, offering professionals a complete solution that adapts perfectly to their requirements and needs:

  • Experts in civil security and rescue services
  • Building and public works professionals
  • Energy producers and transporters
  • Organizations for the preservation of the environment and animal species

ANAFI Thermal –  Available May 2019

Anafi Thermal drone

Anafi Thermal drone

ANAFI Thermal: Two high-precision cameras film the invisible and the visible

The Paris-based engineers at Parrot used the ANAFI drone platform to develop ANAFI Thermal. The result of thousands of hours of testing and development, the platform offers exceptional features, performance and unique software maturity.
ANAFI Thermal’s gimbal features two embedded miniaturized cameras (thermal and RGB 4K), stabilized on three axes for sharp videos and clear pictures in any flight conditions:

– A FLIR® radiometric thermal-imaging camera with a 160×120 resolution and a temperature range of 14°F to 752°F reveals the invisible and provides live temperature readings. Directly from the FreeFlight 6 app, the pilot can instantly identify areas of heat loss in hot and cold spots and isolate subjects.

– A 4K HDR camera with 21MP Sony sensor is an essential tool for detailed visual inspection of surfaces and buildings. It provides high-resolution images and videos to help inspect the state of a structure and captures precise images of a search area, among other applications.

Extend ANAFI Thermal capabilities with the Pix4DModel app. Captured data is used to build a 3D image of buildings and scenes, enabling professionals to perform 3D inspections and measure dimensions after the flight.

Images of the visible and the invisible can be merged directly within the FreeFlight 6 app. Each element of the environment appears in high precision, with visual representations of thermal leaks and temperature differences superimposed on the image.

ANAFI Thermal’s gimbal is a unique feature for a drone of this category, with the ability to tilt vertically 90° upward or downward. This gives professionals ground-breaking capabilities to inspect beneath structures in zenith view or roofs and flat surfaces in nadir view.

Thanks to the 3X digital zoom, the pilot can examine hard-to-reach elements and the details of a scene in 4K or with thermal imaging without taking any risks.


ANAFI Thermal: Who is it for and how is it used?

ANAFI Thermal is a complete solution that perfectly adapts to the needs of building industry professionals (roofers, insulation and thermal inspection specialists), major public works and construction groupsinstallers of solar panelsenergy suppliers and transporters, civil security services and rescue services such as firefighters. Lightweight and ultracompact, it is always ready to travel by hand, in a backpack or in the car trunk.

For building professionals, ANAFI Thermal can be used to assess thermal losses of a façade or a roof. The drone offers cost-control benefits and removes the need for equipment such as ladders and scaffolding.

For civil security services, ANAFI Thermal enables remote and post-intervention applications, including monitoring hot points and helping teams decide whether to retain personnel and equipment on-site. 4K imagery and thermal rendering can speed up and ease the process of conducting searches in rugged areas without endangering the search teams.

For energy suppliers and transporters, ANAFI Thermal can identify power failures on high-voltage cables within minutes or even isolate a defective solar panel.

For organizations for the protection of the environment and wildelife, ANAFI Thermalprovides discreet and quiet operation, which minimizes potential stress to animals. The drone makes it possible to observe, identify and count species while the pilot remains at a distance – potentially even protecting animals from poachers through remote monitoring.


ANAFI Thermal: Compact, light, powerful, and ready to be taken anywhere

Lightweight (315g/11.1 oz.) and ultra-compact with a unique folding design, ANAFI Thermal is designed to accompany professionals in any field of work.

For rescue-service workers, civil security and inspection professionals, fast action is critical. With superior portability and power-up speed, ANAFI Thermal unfolds and becomes operational in just three seconds.

Despite its ultraportable design, ANAFI Thermal offers tremendous power. The drone is able to fly over a scene or travel to a hard-to-reach area at a top speed of 55km/h. With the ability to withstand wind speeds of up to 50km/h, ANAFI Thermal remains operational even in complex conditions and environments.

With 78 minutes of cumulative flight time1 (three batteries lasting 26min each per charge), ANAFI Thermal demonstrates unique flight performance for the market. It covers vast areas, giving professionals the time required for each assignment without unnecessary stress or pressure.

Equipped with a USB-C port for recharging, ANAFI Thermal’s batteries can be recharged from any source, including computers, power banks and 12V vehicle systems.

Its Parrot Skycontroller 3 remote control ensures a powerful, reliable WiFi connection up to 2km2. This means teams can stay at a safe distance from an at-risk or difficult-to-access area while using the drone.


ANAFI Thermal: Making thermal imaging accessible to everyone

ANAFI Thermal flight controls are available via the FreeFlight 6 app, ensuring they are accessible to everyone and can accompany the user on every assignment. Thanks to its ergonomic interface and intuitive operation, the pilot can easily switch from an RGB view to thermal imaging – or even merge the two to enhance the readability of the image.

Real-time analysis of the scene is facilitated by the app’s built-in tools:

  • Display the estimated temperature of an image element with a simple tap on the screen;
  • Freeze-frame to stay on a specific element for focused analysis.

The operator can observe thermal differences on the screen by selecting one of the three groups of settings available:

  • Relative: This group displays the extent of temperature differences in the image. The scene is visible with a gradient-color scale, showing the range of the coldest temperature in the scene to the hottest.
  • AbsoluteThe user can manually choose a temperature range for the color gradient. The user simply needs to set a bracket for the desired temperature values.
  • SpotThis mode is used to instantly identify thermal anomalies. Only the hottest or coldest spots are isolated.

The captured thermal and RGB images and videos are recorded on the drone’s 16GB microSD card. They can be shared with collaborators, experts and clients in seconds, directly via the app or a computer

Each video can be viewed afterwards on the FreeFlight 6 app. The settings group can then be modified to isolate a specific element or analyze the temperatures in a scene.

Compatible with the FLIR® Tools software solution, professionals can quickly edit and analyze images — and very simply produce inspection reports in PDF format.

ANAFI Thermal: Completely safe flights

ANAFI Thermal benefits from all of Parrot’s technological expertise, including the renowned ergonomics, ease-of-use, reliability and power of its drones.

To ensure its safety, ANAFI Thermal is embedded with multiple sensors and offers a powerful built-in autopilot. The quadricopter demonstrates stability and manoeuvrability with exceptional accuracy.

For perfectly controlled and completely safe flights, the pilot can edit and adapt the parameters of the quadricopter to his or her flight environment2:

  • Setting the flight altitude
  • Marking a flight zone by setting up a geofence
  • Creating a flight path with the FlightPlan feature. This route can be repeated many times to measure a changing situation or to record the before-and-after of an operation, for example.
  • Activating the ‘Return Home’ (RTH) function. With one press of the dedicated button, ANAFI Thermal automatically returns to its take off point thanks to the precision of its GPS and its ‘Precise Home’ visual recognition function.

Finally, ANAFI Thermal’s smart battery calculates remaining flight time and the distance it needs to cover in order to return to its take off point. If the charge level becomes critical, the pilot receives an alert. Without requiring any user action, ANAFI Thermal launches a procedure to return to its take off point.

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