FLIR Introduces New Gas Detector for Drones

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FLIR Systems Inc. has announced the FLIR MUVE C360, a multi-gas detector specifically built for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

Before putting the health and safety of response teams at risk, drone pilots will be able to fly the new MUVE C360 into a scene for initial assessment. The C360 houses a photoionization detector, plus a suite of electrochemical sensors that provide real-time, continuous monitoring of chemical hazards such as chlorine, carbon monoxide and other combustible gases.

This capability will enable emergency response teams to assess situations remotely and select the proper personal protective equipment. Fire crews will be able to monitor air quality surrounding active scenes before entry, and industrial experts can perform inspections in hard-to-reach areas, says FLIR.

The C360 is currently compatible with the DJI Matrice 210 UAS platform. The drone bypasses difficult terrain and enables response teams to quickly draw a perimeter and map known hazards, while preset alarm thresholds help scene commanders or security operators make decisions.

“First responders are constantly seeking better and safer ways to do their jobs, and from the moment the FLIR MUVE C360 arrives in the market, the chemical and gas monitoring process will change forever,” says Jeff Frank, senior vice president at FLIR. “In the time it normally takes first responders to don proper equipment, the C360 has already arrived on scene, tested samples and located the source of a hazard.”

FLIR is also introducing FLIR VueLink, a pilot flight application that provides drone operators a plug-and-play interface to the MUVE C360. The app also includes flight control and interface with the FLIR Cloud.

The MUVE C360 and VueLink will be available in the fourth quarter.

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