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FLIR launches radiometric thermal camera for commercial drones

May 3, 2016  - By 2 Comments

FLIR Systems Inc. has announced the FLIR Vue Pro R, the latest member of FLIR Vue thermal imaging camera series for commercial drones.

The new Vue Pro R adds radiometric functionality to the Vue Pro camera, giving drone operators the ability to save the pictures for post-flight image analysis and accurately measure the temperatures of individual image pixels.

FLIR-Vue-Pro-R-radiometricThe camera was introduced at AUVSI’s Xponential 2016 trade show, being held this week in New Orleans.

The Vue Pro R retains all of the capabilities in the standard Vue Pro model but adds calibrated radiometric imaging that allows it to capture the temperature data of every pixel in an image. When saved in Radiometric JPEG format, still images can be imported into FLIR Tools software for detailed analysis and reporting.

FLIR Tools, a free download on, lets drone operators adjust settings including object emissivity, background temperature, target distance, relative humidity, thermal sensitivity as well as assigning various color palettes for each image.

The Vue Pro R records digital thermal video, along with radiometric thermal still images, to an on-board micro-SD card. For applications such as electrical inspection, infrastructure assessment, and precision mapping, this on-board recording allows operators to capture high-quality thermal data for post processing and analysis.

“Without a doubt, radiometry is the most popular feature drone operators have requested, and we’re delivering that with Vue Pro R,” said Jeff Frank, FLIR’s senior vice president for Product Strategy. “FLIR has pioneered thermographic cameras for more than 50 years and our expansion of high-performance capabilities like radiometry to drone operators is another example of our ability to provide state-of-the-art thermal technology to people that need it.”

An updated mobile app with advanced radiometric functions uses the camera’s Bluetooth interface to connect to iOS and Android devices, making camera set-up and configuration easy. Through the app, operators can configure functions to ensure the best imagery possible for their conditions without having to connect the camera to a computer.

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Tracy Cozzens

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Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.

2 Comments on "FLIR launches radiometric thermal camera for commercial drones"

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  1. Dan Wuthrich says:

    Interested in IR geospatial tracking for forestry fire and burnpile hotspots

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