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First responders are exposed to various risks, from moving vehicles to wildfires. New thermal mapping software for drones will enable first responders to quickly and safely recreate accident sites or crime scenes at night — saving costs and lives in the process.

SkyeBrowse has officially launched software that will enable Autel EVO II drones to create 3D models of an area using thermal imaging.

SkyeBrowse’s patented videogrammetry technology was equipped with thermal capabilities to reduce the amount of time officers spend at the scene.

The software creates a 3D model using a single video captured in 90 seconds — much faster than the traditional photogrammetry method, which requires hundreds of photos to be taken over the course of several minutes to an hour. The superior speed of the videogrammetry feature is precisely what makes thermal mapping possible, as photogrammetry is too slow to compile consistent thermal data due to camera recalibrations that take place every 5 minutes.

In addition to accident reconstruction, drone pilots will be able to use the thermal mapping function to plan ahead for wildfires or SWAT raids, detect pipeline leaks that aren’t visible to the human eye, or even identify crops that might be getting too much sun.