Drones for inspection and surveillance

Drones are suitable for inspection and monitoring tasks, e.g. the inspection of buildings or the monitoring of animal populations. Clear image cameras with zoom function and thermal imaging cameras are used.

Image 1: A thermal image shows heat losses in the building (source: Workswell)

Functional principle of inspection and monitoring

The drone is equipped with thermal imaging cameras or high-resolution, zoomable clear image cameras that record the image data and send it to the ground station. The flight route can be flown manually or under computer control. The cameras can be controlled from the ground station and readjusted to the respective environmental conditions.

What can the technology do?

Clear images and thermal images are excellent means of inspecting and monitoring structures, industrial plants, animal populations and much more. Deviations from the target state can be identified and documented with comparatively little effort.

What equipment do i need?

What is needed is a drone that can be equipped with clear image cameras and thermal imaging cameras. The evaluation is carried out by viewing the image material or using specific error detection software. Specific training or an examination are not required, although we recommend setting up and carrying out appropriate processes for training and maintaining the equipment fleet. The correct recording and evaluation of thermal images can also be quite demanding and prior knowledge is recommended in order to achieve meaningful results. Relevant decision criteria when choosing the right drone and software are previous knowledge, objects to be depicted or the type of deviation and the required level of detail.

Industriedrohne DJI M200
Photo 2: Industrial drone DJI M200 (Source: DJI)


Picture 3: Copting BOS-UAS (Source: Copting)

How can Koller Engineering help?

We put together the right tools for your project. We work with leading hardware and software manufacturers who have the right material for your task. We also offer training and service / repairs related to our products. Contact us today and ask for a quote.