In the Field
DJI unveils Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced for inspection
By UAV Canada Staff
DJI unveiled the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced, an addition to its commercial fleet highlighted by new thermal and RGB cameras, as well as centimetre-level positioning accuracy through its RTK module. The DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced is available for pre-order and will start shipping in the first quarter of 2021.
“We realized that our Enterprise customers were often using the Mavic 2 Enterprise for industrial inspections where better accuracy and higher resolutions for thermal and visual sensors were critical features to perform a job well,” said Christina Zhang, Senior Director, Corporate Strategy & Communication at DJI, describing why upgrades on the drone make it well suited for complex inspections.
“Inspection professionals will be able to pinpoint defects and anomalies with better detail and perform operations and maintenance more effectively,” said Zhang. “Lastly, first responders and firefighters will be able to quickly locate victims, identify hot spots, and screen for fire risks to draft targeted rescue plans while keeping personnel safe.”
The Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced holds dual sensors featuring an HD 640 × 512 px thermal resolution camera and a 48MP visual camera with a 1/2″ CMOS sensor. The thermal camera features a 30Hz frame rate and allows ±2°C temperature measurement accuracy. Pilots can switch between visual, thermal, or split-view feeds for different project needs.
The Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced can capture HD images and 4K videos from a safe distance, explains DJI, as its high-resolution camera sensors support a 32 x digital zoom and a 16 x thermal zoom.
The new drone also features Spot Meter, which displays the average temperature of an object, helping pilots monitor and measure critical or hazardous objects. Its Area Measurement function displays the average, lowest, and highest temperature, as well as the corresponding locations of each area, allowing inspectors to determine if an asset may be overheating.
The new DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced can be equipped with a DJI RTK Module, which, according to DJI, achieves centimetre-level accuracy and supports NTRIP – making it well suited for powerline inspections. Operators can create up to 240 waypoints to conduct automated, detailed inspection missions in complex environments.
DJI also points to the drone’s lightweight and portable format as offering strong agility as it can take off in less than a minute and quickly move through complex operating environments based on faster ascent and descent speeds.
The Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced offers a range of data protection features that are specific to the DJI Enterprise products for the integrity of photos, videos, flight logs and other data generated during sensitive flight. When operated with the DJI Pilot App, DJI explains the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced features Local Data Mode as one of several ways to protect data. When activated, Local Data Mode will stop the DJI App from sending or receiving any data over the internet. The radio link between the aircraft and remote controller features AES-256 encryption.
The Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced also includes 24 GB of onboard data storage and password protection. The drone also holds DJI’s AirSense system that receives ADS-B signals from airplanes and helicopters to warn drone pilots of other air traffic nearby and 6- directional obstacle sensing. DJI notes operators will also be able to fly with Discreet Mode which disables the LED navigation lights and to take advantage of self-heating batteries when operating in cold weather conditions as low as -10° C (14° F).