Autel Robotics’ newest announcement was circulated last week when they introduced their newest drone: the Autel Evo II Dual Enterprise. The newest addition to their line of EVO II products is designed to be an aerial asset to professionals in the public safety, enterprise, and mapping industries.
The Enterprise line comes in 3 variations: the EVO II Pro, the EVO II Dual 640T, and the EVO II Dual Radiometric (R). While these models are largely the same aircraft, there are a few key distinctions that should be noted.
The EVO II Pro Enterprise bundle includes a camera payload containing a 20MP 1-inch CMOS sensor with up to 16x digital zoom, capable of filming in 6K video resolution.
Autel’s EVO II Dual 640T Enterprise Bundle equips a dual thermal and visual camera payload, significantly increasing the operational capabilities. The visual camera is a 48MP ½-inch CMOS sensor capable of shooting video in up to 8k resolution. Jointly, a 640×512 thermal imaging sensor captures detailed images and recordings of radiometric data.
Autel’s EVO II Dual 640T and EVO II Dual Radiometric (R) differ in the thermal sensors within the aircraft. The EVO II Dual R uses a sensor made in the United States and saves thermal images in files that are compatible with FLIR Tools, allowing users to view temperature data after it has been captured, hence radiometric. The EVO II Dual 640T utilizes a sensor from China and is not compatible with FLIR Tools but is compatible with software from Autel that accomplishes a similar goal.
The EVO II Pro has no thermal capabilities in the camera payload, but still comes with all the accessories and capabilities as the R and 640T.
The Enterprise bundle includes accessories that can be added via the port on the top of the drone. These accessories include a loudspeaker, spotlight, strobe, and a RTK module.
The bundle also includes the brand new Autel Smart Controller. The large display of the Smart Controller allows operators to see clearly even in direct sunlight with little compromise of quality or visibility. This controller boasts a battery life of up to 3 operational hours at “max intensity” and a transmission range of 8 miles (13 km) unobstructed.
Autel’s new aircraft also introduce a few hardware improvements, such as carbon fiber arms that strengthen the aircraft while reducing overall weight and more robust motors to provide enough power to support the additional weight of accessories.
Notable software improvements include:
- ADS-B receivers that allow operators to receive transmissions of manned aircrafts in the area;
- 360-degree obstacle avoidance;
- Ability to construct 3D maps of aircraft’s surroundings;
- Predictive Target Tracking – pilots can lock on to an individual or moving object and allow the aircraft to predict the subject’s trajectory, keeping it within the camera frame.
As previously mentioned, these new drones are designed for professionals in the public safety, enterprise, and mapping industries. This is certainly not the first drone to enter the market with these capabilities, but Autel has brought some new abilities to a smaller platform.
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