Image: Aerial Thermal Imaging spots intruders on a farm.
Are you looking for a new business opportunity with high growth potential?
The use of drones to Aerial Thermal Imaging or ‘Thermography’ services is definitely expanding fast in Africa.
In addition to applications like roof and building surveys, emergency services and search and rescue, and identifying ‘hotspot’ problems for energy and solar energy infrastructure, Africa is seeing a very rapid growth of aerial thermal imaging in the security sector.
Aerial thermal imaging is the best way to spot intruders in both daytime and at night.
Drones are able to carry new lightweight thermal imaging sensors at low altitude that makes them more effective and cover large areas in a short space of time. Developments in drone design and battery technology are extending drone flight times from 15-20 minutes right up to 45-60 minutes, enabling them to provide coverage of a much larger area per flight.
New flight planning and control software enables autonomous flight according to preprogrammed flight paths, while live video feeds from the drone can be viewed from the control center and also from mobile response units.
Due to their high speed, drones can respond very quickly to triggered alarms, scanning the area, identifying problems and providing situational awareness to inform the best physical response.
Farm and Agricultural Security
“We are seeing fast growth in the use of thermal imaging drones by farmers and property owners in rural areas,” says De Wet van der Merwe, CEO of Endurance Drones, one of Africa’s largest suppliers of commercial and thermal imaging drones and UAV systems.
“In many cases, two or more farmers with neighboring properties are partnering to buy a drone security solution that can provide coverage for multiple properties.”
“We also see people buying thermal imaging drones to provide contract security services to groups of farmers and owners of rural properties,” says van der Merwe.
“This seems a very attractive business opportunity that is attracting entrepreneurs in South Africa and other African countries.”
Global Thermal Imaging Market Expanding
According to a new report Global Thermal Imaging Market (2016–2022) report, it is not only South Africa and Africa where the drone market for thermal imaging drones is expanding.
The recent report tells us that this market is expected to grow to $10.9 billion by 2022, growing at a growing at a compound annual growth rate of 6.2% during the forecast period.
During the last decade, thermal imaging solutions have witnessed significant growth as commercial sector is widely adopting the technology for providing improved visibility during difficult environmental conditions such as at nights, and during excess smoke and fog in the surrounding.
Thermal imaging for the military and defense end-user segment is currently the dominant market with largest market share, but the industrial, commercial and residential end-user segment is expected to grow fastest during the forecast period.
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[Editor’s note: Endurance Drones is the main sponsor of Drones in Africa magazine.]