FLIR Systems, Inc. announced the FLIR MUVE C360, the industry’s first multi-gas detector specifically built for unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The MUVE C360 will change how emergency response teams approach chemical, industrial, or environmental incidents by providing a new level of safety, reducing time to action, and delivering a more complete assessment in situations where every second counts. The C360 is currently compatible with the DJI Matrice 210 UAS platform.
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 advanced 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 with relative ease.
The MUVE C360 will allow operators to understand the flow of hazardous vapors both at the source and in the air. It 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 quick decisions.
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 advanced flight-control and interface with the FLIR Cloud. The MUVE C360 and VueLink will be available in the fourth quarter of 2019.