Auterion, a drone software provider, is partnering with European thermal imaging company Workswell to manufacture precision bispectral UAV cameras.
The air link will make it easier for drone manufacturers to use Auterion’s open standards software platform to integrate with Workswell’s WIRIS Pro and WIRIS Security thermal cameras. The companies expect the announced integration to “work well” by August (yes, we were there).
Heating up a competitive heating market
“This market is driving intense innovation,” said Tomas Faltus, Head of Export Sales at Workswell. “Our partnership with Auterion and participation in the open ecosystem will shorten time to market for OEMs trying to bring innovation to customers faster. Through integration with Auterion, all drone and payload manufacturers who rely on standardization can use Workswell cameras plug-and-play for their drone solutions. “
Open ecosystem opens up new drone markets
The announcement solidifies Auterion as a growth leader in the drone software industry. In May, the company started a partnership with the Switzerland-based drive and motor specialist maxon, who is best known for developing the precision systems that enable the autonomous helicopter Ingenuity and the rover Perseverance to explore Mars. The partnership was intended to create one of the most advanced open source ecosystems for avionics and motor integration in the drone industry by combining the use of Auterion’s Skynode module and maxon’s best-in-class BLDC motors, such as the flat UAV EC 87 Motor.
“We are very excited to be working with Workswell to integrate their state-of-the-art thermal imaging systems,” said Thomas Gubler, Head of Avionics at Auterion.
“Our open ecosystem brings together a large number of companies from different disciplines and industries to offer customers the most comprehensive and flexible solutions on the market. A new payload partner like Workswell gives customers, both drone OEMs and end users, more choice. Through the integration into the Auterion software platform, Workswell systems are immediately compatible and are available to several drone manufacturers. There is no need to complete multiple integrations to scale your payloads across multiple platforms. “
Integration = precision
The WIRIS Pro and WIRIS Security models from Workswell are dual-sensor cameras with a visual camera with full HD resolution and an infrared thermal imaging camera with optical ultrazoom and a “super resolution” mode as well as the option of working at temperatures of up to 1,500 Measure degrees Celsius.
The fully radiometric thermal imaging cameras were specially developed for use with drones. The plug-and-play integration of Auterion’s open ecosystem enables drone operators to visually and thermally see, trigger and download images and live video, as well as change any camera setting. Operators use the Auterion Mission Control ground control software to plan, execute and analyze their automated flights and real-time interventions.
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