The Next Level: Ethernet/IP Based Thermal Imaging Drone Payloads By TeAx

TeAx Technology, an innovative, trend-setting solution provider for thermal imaging technology within the global drone industry unveils another product: ThermalCapture IRnet. It provides an Ethernet interface for live data streaming to new and existing FLIR Tau 2 cores and FLIR Vue Pro / R cores.

“Especially over the last year we recognised an ever increasing request for drone thermal imaging solutions providing an Ethernet interface,” Markus Ax, one of the founders and CEOs of TeAx Technology, recalls.

“It seems that not only the market has a demand for it but also, that more and more professional drone manufacturers decide to use Ethernet as their preferred choice of communication on bard of a drone,” Ax continues.

And with TeAx, being one of the global leaders for drone thermal imaging solutions, there was no question to design and develop another ThermalCapture product for the drone market: “In my meetings with clients I receive very positive feedback on our ThermalCapture solutions,” Michael Thoss, VP Sales and Marketing, states.

“I am truly excited to see another product developed by TeAx where our clients can continue to rely on most flexible and super lightweight thermal solutions – no matter in what condition or environment,” Thoss continues.

Being designed for FLIR Tau 2 and FLIR Vue Pro / R cores, ThermalCapture IRnet brings real-time access in drone flight operations to thermal imaging data. However, next to real-time access, it also stores the full 14bit radiometric thermal data on a microSD card. Real-time access remains available whilst radiometric data are being recorded to the microSD card and operators can also control the camera and settings via Ethernet:

“We designed ThermalCapture IRnet in a way that drone operators easily can bring Ethernet capabilities to their thermal cameras and get the most out of their thermal system – during field operations and after. Who is willing to accept limitations on professional tools such as thermal imaging?” asks Thoss.

“Professional drone payloads must meet actual requirements of drone operators in their field operations and shall surpass them. I am glad to see another TeAx solution being established – on proven ThermalCapture technology – which will take our clients to their next level and enables them for communication via Ethernet on their drone thermal operations,” Thoss sums up.

Since the usage of drones and its sensors becomes more and more popular, the need for data privacy is not only an ongoing issue but an increasing one as well. Providing the option for an Ethernet interface is not only making communication faster and more reliable, more importantly it also offers data privacy:

“At TeAx, we take data privacy for our clients very seriously,” Ax highlights and continues: “That said, we don’t have any access to collected data from our clients – unless they actively share those with us, for instance to get support or special features requests over to us.”

Quick overview of top USPs

  • H.264 live (real-time) streaming via Ethernet
  • Radiometric thermal data recorder (storage to microSD)
  • Controllable camera settings via network in real time
  • Provides access to recordings via network – even during recording process
  • Thermal digital zoom during live streaming
  • Compatible with FLIR Tau 2, FLIR Vue Pro / R
  • Most lightweight and smallest solution in the drone market
  • Special features for ‘Advanced User’ such as configure video settings, access to Ubuntu / Linux, C++ SDK
  • Powerful processor (i.mx6)
  • Customisable for special client request

Technical overview – ThermalCapture IRnet

Interfaces

  • Ethernet
  • Analog video
  • microSD
  • Power (9-30V)

Pre-installed software

  • Ubuntu Linux
  • TeAx Camera IRnet recorder / streamer

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