To design and develop a camera mount and computer system which can be carried by commercial quadcopter UAVs with the capability to perform real-time thermal and visual imagery inspection.
- PNDC worked with EagleiSystems to produce a prototype sensor package which contained a low-cost lightweight computer with a visual camera and a Long-wave Infrared thermal camera.
- The camera system captured HD visual images and thermal images of network assets, and the on-board computer system synchronises and combines the images to produce visual/ thermal composite images which can demonstrate real-time processing of images which will enable future automatic condition monitoring and diagnosis.
PNDCs prototype sensor package flew with an EagleiSystems quadcopter on a number of trials close to low voltage lines and transmission lines, demonstrating safe and controlled flying near energised network assets. The composite real-time imaging was tested successfully, and the platform will serve as a development step for future projects which will address the important question of automatic asset recognition, condition assessment and diagnosis.