Kespry, a drone-based aerial intelligence solution provider, has announced new high-resolution thermal inspection capabilities for commercial property and industrial facilities.
For the commercial property industry, drone roof inspections including thermal imaging solve two critical problems, according to Kespry. First, they identify previously unseen damage to roofs, mechanical elements, piping and other infrastructure unapparent in traditionally infrequent manual inspections. This enables proactive and preventative maintenance and uncovers minor issues before they can turn into costly, impactful problems, the company explains. Second, they enable fast and safe inspections to support insurance underwriting and risk mitigation during property ownership transactions.
“Accuracy really matters when billions of dollars of property and facilities are at risk,” says George Mathew, CEO of Kespry. “Manual inspections and first-generation drone flights are slow and inaccurate ways of attempting to understand the state of a roof and the risk that issues may have on organizations’ productivity. These earlier approaches leave surveyors, risk assessors and roof inspectors guessing at the specific location of leaks, blocked drains, or damage to building infrastructure, all of which can have serious impacts on assets inside. The new Kespry solution for commercial roof inspection solves these problems.”
Kespry’s thermal inspection solution is based on radiometric temperature analysis, which means that a specific temperature is displayed for a specific point on a roof. In contrast, non-radiometric thermal drone data shows general temperature differences and changes in an area, making it hard to determine whether there is a specific point of damage or concern, the company says.
Additionally, Kespry creates thermal inspection views that combine pixel-level thermal data with high-resolution imagery. This enables users to granularly determine the specific location of heat damage rather than rely on poorly defined visual cues of earlier drone-based solutions, the company says. The Kespry commercial roof solution also incorporates accurate roof dimensional analysis.