Teledyne FLIR Launches Development Kits for Fast Integration of the Hadron 640R, Thermal and Visible Dual Camera Module

Hadron 640R development kitTeledyne FLIR Releases Hadron 640R Development Kits for Fast Integration

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby

Today, Teledyne FLIR released development kits for easy integration of its FLIR Hadron 640R thermal and visible dual camera module.

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The kits include hardware and reference software drivers, which are compatible with development boards that support the NVIDIA Jetson Nano, the Qualcomm RB5, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865.

The Hadron 640R’s compact 640×512 resolution radiometric Boson® thermal camera module grants visibility within total darkness, smoke, and most fog. The module also features a 64MP visible electro-optical (EO) camera for high-definition visible imagery.

The development kits allow integrators to begin imaging and controlling the cameras in only a matter of hours. This rapid and easy integration lowers development time and costs significantly, cementing the solution as the perfect dual sensor payload for integration into unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), unmanned ground vehicles (UGV), robotic platforms, and AI-ready applications necessitating efficient battery run-time and battery life.

“The powerful Hadron 640R development kits provide integrators industry-leading thermal and visible camera operation using both Linux and Android application development,” said Michael Walters, vice president, product management, Teledyne FLIR. “Combined with the size, weight, and power optimized Hadron 640R and the Teledyne FLIR technical services team to support integration, these development kits further maximize efficiency for developers at every stage.”

The Hadron 640R features low, steady-state power consumption at 1.8W and an IP-54 rating, resulting in increased battery operation time all within a compact, lightweight 56-gram camera module. The plug-and-play development solution enables same-day operation, and includes interface boards, cabling hardware, and reference software drivers.

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Ian attended Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now contributing to DroneLife as a staff writer.

LTE for DJI Drones: Paladin’s EXT C2 Link Extends the Range for DJI’s Matrice Lineup [VIDEO]
LTE for DJI Drones: Paladin’s EXT C2 Link Extends the Range for DJI’s Matrice Lineup [VIDEO]

LTE for DJI dronesPaladin Launches EXT LTE Module with DJI Integration

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby

Today, software and drone manufacturer Paladin Drones launched Paladin EXT, an LTE module that integrates with DJI technology in order to assist departments in establishing drone-as-a-first-responder (DFR) programs more quickly and effectively.

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Paladin founder Divy Shrivastava was introduced to the world of public safety in 2016 when a friend’s home burned down. Upon speaking with the local fire chief, he learned that a fire doubles in size every 30 seconds, and that first responders lack adequate information when arriving on the scene as a result of 911 callers typically being panicked and lacking the training to assess a scene.

When a campus church was destroyed by another fire during his freshman year at Berkeley, Shrivastava was inspired to found Paladin. The goal of the company was to deploy autonomous drones in response to 911 calls, providing first responders with a live overhead view of the scene before arrival, granting greater situational awareness and faster response times.

Last year, Paladin released its Knighthawk autonomous drone, featuring an LTE connection enabling BVLOS flight, as well as its Watchtower DFR software, able to manage drone flight, multi-device live video feed, and data management in a single platform.

LTE for DJI drones

LTE Module on M300

LTE for DJI Drones

The next step in Paladin’s goal of providing first responders with a one-stop solution for a more effective DFR response, Paladin EXT features direct integration with DJI’s Matrice 300 and Matrice 30 through its PSDK port to make full use of its LTE connection’s extended range.

“Paladin’s mission is to build technology that saves lives. Every department that wants DFR should be able to use it – it’s our responsibility as a company to remove barriers to make this happen,” said Paladin CEO and founder Divy Shrivastava. “Now, with the EXT module, departments won’t need to purchase new equipment to do it. It brings the ease of use and unlimited range of Paladin’s C2 link to the amazing capabilities of DJI’s Matrice lineup, making DFR more accessible than ever before.”

LTE connection enables drones to fly safely beyond a 3-mile radius, bypassing the limitations in range and scalability faced by traditional radio-based drones. With LTE, agencies and departments are able to forego the need for larger fleets and remote-pilots-in-command and eliminate unnecessary costs. LTE offers a 3:1 coverage in comparison to radio-controlled drones. It also plays a major role in helping Paladin acquire BVLOS waivers without the requirement of a visual observer for its existing customers and partners.

“I built Paladin to help first responders save lives, as easily as possible – every product we release has that on top of mind,” added Shrivastava. “With the EXT, we bring the best of Paladin – our unlimited range LTE C2 link, one- touch autonomous controls, true BVLOS flights, data management, etc – to the best all-around drones on the market today. Our first responders (and anyone else with an M300 and M30) can now use existing inventory to fly BVLOS safely and without range anxiety.”

EXT is currently available for purchase directly from Paladin Drones, with both further information and the ability to schedule a virtual demo available on the company’s website.

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