Facility Management

Facility Management with Drone

Facility Management

Flying robots/drones help businesses map their buildings and sites, and to quickly identify damage so that repairs can get started and money can be saved.

Factory roofs, pipelines, smokestacks, parking lots, high-rise facades, fencing lines – when there are questions about their condition, the AIR6 provides rapid feedback: On your command, the drone pilots itself over the area and provides photos of the current status. The system hovers in the air at specially designated “points of interest,” and the camera snaps an additional series of detailed shots. Flight routes over specific buildings are pre-programmable and repeatable (for example, a flight every Monday), so that monitoring flights always cover the same areas.

If you’d like to upgrade your drone, you can also install real-time image transmission for surveillance and thermal imaging/infrared cameras.

drone with thermal imaging camera

The AIR6 inspecting a business roof


With a thermal imaging camera, the AIR6 drone can quickly check whether your business is throwing money away on heat loss, and verify that every solar cell on your roof is functioning properly.

Since it’s possible to change cameras on an AIR6, you can use a thermal imaging camera to gather information about the seal of a roof. If, for example, heat is escaping unnoticed through a skylight, the thermal imaging camera will detect it. For larger factories, repairing a leaky roof would cost more than using a flying robot. And dysfunctional solar cells are just as easily identified.

Inspection with thermal imaging

Solar Inspection

With an aerial infrared camera (IR), you can quickly inspect solar installations like the ones on top of Austria’s Kioto solar energy company, pictured here. In our example, an IR-analysis turned up defects in solar collectors, which needed to be exchanged. Recognizing damage before the warranty expires can save money and increase overall energy efficiency.

Solar Inspection with Drone

Recognizing defective solar panels


Inspection drone AIR6 plus software

  • Designed as a single-user flight system
  • Automatic flight combined with free flight via remote control: The operator can take manual control at any time.
  • Flight definition made easy with geo-locators to mark takeoff, landing, and flight path
  • Takeoff weight under 11 lbs. ensures easy flight authorization throughout Europe
  • Significant reduction in the effort and cost of inspection
  • Quiet and environmentally friendly
  • Shorter maintenance intervals make for higher operational safety
  • Use of thermal/real image combination available at any time
  • High camera resolution of up to 80 Megapixels (photographs in raw image format), allows for simple inspection from your desk after a flight
  • The easiest way to archive hundreds of thousands of photos in your company network (e.g. with a digital photo archive)
Inspection drone

Inspections, without interrupting operations: A refinery duct system

Photo Database for Drones

Document database: Fast and easy web access to the information you want.

Photo Database

Faster access to hundreds of thousands of photos on your company intranet, or via web

Drone flights produce an enormous amount of photo and video data. A flight inspecting 10 hectares, for example, can produce about 70 pictures of approximately 15-60 MB each, depending on camera resolution. So a data volume of multiple gigabytes is not uncommon. What to do with all of these photos and videos? How best to manage and quickly access all this data, for example when starting with analysis back at the office? Our MediaRich server lets employees manage all their digital assets (photos and videos) on a network under SharePoint.

Drone for Facility Management

The All-rounder

The AIR6 is specifically designed to carry all kind of equipment: cameras, sensors, research instruments…

More information about AIR6

Max. load: 
1.5 kg | 3.3 lbs
Max. total weight: 
5.5 kg | 12.1 lbs
Max. flight time: 
up to 30 minutes
Max. wind speed: 
50 km/h | 31.1 mph
Max. speed: 
75 km/h | 43.5 mph
Battery swap: 
change in 30 sec.

Flir Thermal Imaging Sensors

Infrared camera module

The uncooled infrared camera module FLIR Tau 640 displays at a high resolution of 640 x 512 pixels. With its compact design, the Tau 640 lends itself to easy installation and integration with the AIR6. The Tau series is used in many fields with a variety of different requirements.

  • Resolution: 640 x 512 pixels
  • Sensitivity: <50 mK at f/1.0
  • Thermal imager: Uncooled Vox Microbolometer
  • Spectral band: 7.5 – 13.5 µm
  • Operating voltage: 4.4 – 6 V DC
  • Weight: 2.8  – 16.8 oz. (depending on lens)

Infrared camera module

FLIR Tau 2 Uncooled Thermal Imaging Camera core

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