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The EVO II Professional Overview All the pieces You Have to Know


EVO II Pro review civilian drone Ukraine Autel's newest drone EVO II Enterprise

The deep dive evaluation on EVO II Professional and EVO II Twin 640 T.

Enterprise Drones the (W)Proper Method

by Paul Rossi, DRONELIFE Contributor and Chief Operations Officer and Chief Pilot at 9 Ten Drones.

In September, Autel Robotics shipped the primary EVO II Professional and EVO II Twin 640T Enterprise Bundles to distributors and resellers throughout america of America. In 2021 Enterprise drones actually noticed a lot consideration from producers however none stepped up and delivered in addition to Autel Robotics. I’ve had the chance to fly the EVO II Twin 640T Enterprise quite a few occasions with 9 Ten Drones and I’m most impressed with the Sensible Controller V2 and the standard of the 640*512 InfiRay thermal sensor which has develop into the usual for integration into Thermal Enterprise UAS. 

EVO II Enterprise Fashions

EVO II Enterprise Professional (6K) – Video Manufacturing, Images, Mapping, 3D Modeling and Inspections

  • Sony IMX383 1” CMOS Picture Sensor

EVO II Twin 640T Enterprise – Asset/Infrastructure Inspections, Public Security and Wildlife Administration

  • Sony IMX586 1/2” CMOS Sensor
    • Fastened Aperture: f/1.8
    • 4x Lossless Zoom / 16x Digital Zoom
    • Shoot as much as 8K Video
  • InfiRay 640×512 Thermal Core
  • Vanadium Oxide Uncooled 
  • Radiometric Capabilities
  • 16x Digital Zoom
  • Evening flight display screen recording

The Enterprise Drone

Each fashions of the EVO II Enterprise line leverage the identical plane physique with solely the digital camera payloads various between them. The “Professional” model carries a excessive decision 1” sensor nice for pictures and videography functions, the “Twin 640T” sports activities the side-by-side excessive decision 640 thermal sensor subsequent to the 1/2“ visible sensor making it a go-to for industrial/public security functions. The EVO II Enterprise remains to be light-weight, compact and vivid orange. (Over the previous couple months prospects have requested for a darker or lighter model that doesn’t scream “AUTEL’S BRAND COLOR IS ORANGE!!!!”) 

The plane physique is roughly the scale of your common grownup shoe when folded for transport. The arms and props have each seen a rise in general size nevertheless the drone itself nonetheless covers a really small footprint. The newly engineered arms are longer, fabricated from carbon fiber and formed like an airfoil or “teardrop”. Gone is the inflexible, “rectangular” form that most probably created pointless induced drag throughout flight. Longer propellers have been built-in with the brand new arms as nicely which can have an extra constructive impression resulting in the prolonged flight occasions.

Weighing proper at 2.5 kilos with the clever flight battery put in, this drone checks all of the bins for portability. The EVO II comes outfitted with omnidirectional impediment detection which incorporates 12 visible sensors in addition to 2 ultrasonic sensors on the underside of the drone. Due to the drones small measurement you’ll be able to simply launch and get better it without having very a lot house, if any in any respect when hand launching and recovering. The plane consists of 8GB of inner cupboard space for these flights if you fill your SD card however nonetheless must seize extra content material earlier than touchdown.

Included with the EVO II Enterprise Bundles are the Searchlight, Speaker and Strobe Mild attachments which assist an array of enterprise flight operations to incorporate evening ops, search and rescue missions, over watch and extra.

Battery Efficiency

Autel is continuous to reveal their want to maintain pilots within the air longer by offering a drone that packs extra flight time per battery than another COTS system, promoting as much as 42 minutes of flight with a single EVO II battery in no wind circumstances with out equipment hooked up. After a number of check flights on the 9 Ten Drones coaching facility in Fayetteville, NC we have now averaged a max flight time of 36 minutes and 48 seconds virtually all the time in circumstances with winds between 5-20 miles per hour. In every of our check flights we flew the EVO II battery right down to the purpose at which the EVO II Twin 640T was forcing a touchdown. This occurred repeatedly with 2:00 minutes of flight time left (right down to roughly 5-6% battery).

36 to 37 minutes of flight is roughly a 3 minutes enhance when in comparison with the EVO II non enterprise version drones and this enhance is due largely to the design modifications made to the plane arms and propellers. With this prolonged flight time you’ll be able to examine extra utilities or search longer for a lacking or wished particular person. After flying the EVO II battery down to five% it took over 110 minutes to completely recharge the battery to 100%. 

The Enterprise Bundle consists of three(3) batteries and a battery charging hub that may permit operators to cost as much as 4(4) batteries without delay utilizing a “trickle” cost methodology that’s good for in a single day however not supreme for speedy charging within the discipline. Extra batteries will value $219 with the Enterprise Bundle affording pilots the flexibility to fly nicely over 90 minutes with out the necessity for charging.

Sensible Controller V2

I fell in love with this distant from the second I first noticed it in Atlanta, GA at AUVSI Xponential, proper exterior the lodge the Autel group was staying at. When the brand new enterprise case was wheeled up and flipped open it was not possible to not see the massively good V2 Sensible Controller staring me within the face. Truly it was me staring me within the face as I used to be taking a look at my very own reflection on the enormous display screen. Based mostly on the scale of the distant I used to be anticipating it to be heavy, cumbersome and uncomfortable to function primarily based on earlier expertise with different equally designed merchandise. Upon greedy the distant I discovered the scale to weight to consolation ratio was good. The included harness makes prolonged flight operations straightforward on the pilots’ arms, shoulders, neck and again by lowering the stress and pressure that may create long run bodily well being considerations.

The EVO II Enterprise Sensible Controller V2 is probably the most ergonomically designed drone distant controller I’ve ever flown with. It comes with a built-in 7.9” display screen that may assist any operator examine finer particulars, find topics extra simply and preserve the motion in body. The in-built display screen is nice for these occasions when you’re making an attempt to get your drone up quick to answer an emergency scenario or your telephone will not be an out there choice. Total in comparison with different drones out there the distant has probably the most industrial/enterprise really feel of another available on the market and it takes the EVO II Twin 640T Enterprise Bundle to the following stage. For 99% of drone operators the Sensible Controller V2 will work very nicely. Autel is answering the requests of so many pilots by offering the very best high quality distant as an ordinary within the Enterprise lineup.

This trade main good controller homes a 2000nit display screen that’s twice as vivid because the closest competitor’s distant controller. Drone operators should preserve Visible Line of Sight (VLOS) always throughout flight operations underneath Half 107 laws whereas performing because the Distant Pilot in Command (RPIC) and should not have the flexibility to face within the shade, working solely on cloudy days or use a VO whereas flying. The super-bright display screen permits any pilot to function the EVO II Twin 640T Enterprise whereas standing in direct daylight on the brightest of days.

The good controller battery has an marketed battery lifetime of 4.5 hours. From in discipline operations we have now discovered the controller to run repeatedly for nicely over 4 hours on a single battery cost. Charging the good controller is completed in simply over 2 hours utilizing the offered USB-C cable and energy brick that are rated for “quick charging”. If utilizing different USB-C cables you could discover that charging occasions take nicely over 2 hours.

Autel is advertising video transmission so far as 8.08 miles, corresponding to what rivals are presently providing. Throughout testing, 9 Ten Drones discovered a max transmission distance of 0.7 miles whereas working at 400’ above floor stage (AGL) in a suburban neighborhood close to a essential highway lined with industrial companies. With that being stated we had no points with connectivity whereas conducting an array of economic and leisure operations inside visible line of sight. The operational vary of the distant will differ relying upon the situation you might be working in.

With HDMI, USB-A and USB-C output ports customers have a number of choices to reside stream video to a number of sources exterior of the pilot’s speedy space of operation. One other commonplace launched by Autel with the Sensible Controller is SMA connectors that permit for straightforward alternative or improve to 3rd celebration options that permit elevated vary for command and management functions. 

128GB of inner reminiscence will let you retain essential knowledge for prolonged durations whereas by no means lacking a chance to gather imagery or video that your group wants. A preloaded display screen recording software permits consumer to report hours of flight footage for retention and academic/coaching functions.

Distant Professional Tip: 1/4” threading has been designed instantly into the bottom of the Sensible Controller permitting for very straightforward tripod mounting utilizing any commonplace 1/4″ fast launch plate or different mounting system. 

The Autel Robotics group has actually stepped up and introduced the EVO II distant to the following stage, worthy of the “Enterprise” product line label. Going ahead we will solely hope that producers is not going to comply with the precedent of releasing new drones with the outdated drones distant. With that being stated, in the course of the writing of this evaluation, we did see the Sith Overlords launch their newest and biggest skilled sequence drone with a leisure high quality distant controller.

Stay Deck V2 or Autel Skycommand Middle

So far we have now been knowledgeable by a number of sources at Autel Robotics {that a} Stay Deck V2 is within the works for the EVO II Enterprise line, nevertheless a launch date has not been set because of the “Chip Scarcity of 2021”.

The Stay Deck V2 by Autel will permit enterprise drone operators to show actual time video footage from the EVO II enterprise drones on a Home windows or Mac laptop, smartphone, TV/monitor or over your native community. The Stay Deck V2 might be an important addition for people working within the public security, industrial and schooling sectors. 

At the moment not one of the different UAS producers are offering a reside streaming answer to help UAS groups throughout bigger, extra advanced operations so the introduction of the Stay Deck V2 or different reside streaming answer is a should… “Autel Skycommand Middle” has proven up on the Official Autel Robotics web site and will very nicely be the long run for livestreaming with Autel drones. The corporate is infamous for posting content material on their web site months upfront of any formal announcement… ***Cough, cough, Dragonfish, cough***

Flying the EVO II Twin 640T Enterprise

The EVO II Twin 640T Enterprise plane is straightforward to function and you can even say enjoyable because of the 7.9” distant display screen. The Autel Explorer flight software is straightforward to navigate and overlays all of the essential info wanted for protected flying, instantly on high of the digital camera’s reside feed. Autel has launched this enterprise product with all the “Sensible” Flight Modes drone pilots have come to depend on. 9 Ten Drones flew the Twin 640T in all the 10+ clever flight modes, under are hyperlinks to some display screen recordings that showcase its capabilities:

Dynamic Observe 

 

Viewpoint 

 

Sensible Orbit 

The EVO II Twin 640T flew very nicely in winds as much as 25mph in testing with no points holding place or having the drone function on its meant course. This plane will not be the one you’ll be utilizing to win your subsequent FPV race or to seize footage on your subsequent Hollywood movie. What it is possible for you to to do is seize the prime quality visible and thermal knowledge within the type of pictures and movies that may enable you or your group accomplish greater than ever earlier than within the public security, development, utilities, roofing and different industries that depend on thermal knowledge units for achievement. 

The extra you fly the extra it would be best to see. The 8x digital zoom(4x loseless) functionality of the EVO II Twin 640 T will allow you and your group to see and determine stuff you beforehand missed in actual time. An enormous advantage of the zoom function is permitting pilots to take care of a protected standoff distance from obstacles whereas getting a more in-depth take a look at the topic in body.

The “Image in Image” functionality that overlays the thermal picture on the visible picture is recreation altering when flying your drone in the course of the day for the aim of capturing thermal knowledge. This superior imaging functionality has solely been out there on {hardware} exceeding twice the price of the EVO II Twin 640T up till now. 

When flying at evening the massive 7.9” show with adjustable brightness makes straightforward work of finding the smallest of topics within the darkest areas. On this video clip we have been in a position to spot a small rabbit at an altitude of 190’ AGL:

Mapping & 3D Modeling

The pictures you seize with the EVO II Enterprise drones might be was excessive decision 2D maps and 3D fashions utilizing photogrammetry software program, SkyeBrowse or Pix4D are each working choices along with the native Autel software. With the mission planning software program included within the Autel Explorer software you’ll be able to simply seize the overlapping imagery required to create each maps and fashions. 

The Professional mannequin will produce a really excessive decision map or mannequin even at as much as 400ft above floor stage because of the 1” CMOS sensor that may seize excessive decision particulars with its 20 million efficient pixels. Whereas the 640T Twin mannequin carries the decrease decision 12 megapixel sensor it is going to nonetheless carry out very nicely when mapping and/or modeling at or under altitudes 250ft above floor stage.

Here’s a hyperlink to a 3D mannequin created utilizing pictures captured with the Autel EVO II Twin 640T Enterprise and processed with DroneDeploy by 9 Ten Drones – https://sketchfab.com/3d-models/frippin-research-house-autel-evo-ii-enterprise-3701136e2e9c4074ba098d4d872f40d7

Autel IR PC Device

The EVO II Twin 640T Enterprise carries a payload with the InfriRay 640×512 Radiometric sensor able to capturing excessive decision thermal pictures with temperature knowledge assigned to every pixel and saved for future evaluation both on or off website.

Utilizing the free to obtain Autel IR PC Device (out there just for Home windows gadgets) you’ll be able to conduct detailed put up processing on all thermal pictures you seize. Add and examine the photographs a vast variety of occasions and compile straightforward to export studies that may enhance your workflow and enhance communication between all events concerned as regards to repairs, upkeep and choice making.

The Autel IR PC Device will permit you and your group to carry out higher on-site with the flexibility to substantiate, deny or additional evaluation virtually instantaneously within the discipline whereas additionally rising the capabilities of off-site personnel to assist the organizations on-site efforts. 

This video walkthrough the capabilities of the Autel IR PC Device:

Obtain the Autel IR PC Device right here – https://auteldrones.com/pages/evo-ii-downloads

“Rugged Bundle” – The Customary

Autel has made the choice to solely promote the EVO II Enterprise line in a “fly extra combo” that features a whole of three (3) clever flight batteries, a battery charging hub able to charging as much as 4 batteries without delay and a tough case. This transition to a extra strong enterprise product is 100% according to what we see our enterprise purchasers asking for, a drone with the equipment wanted to achieve success.

A profitable drone program requires batteries so as to preserve your drone within the air offering you and your group the information you want. Having a complete of three batteries will preserve you within the air longer and the enterprise onerous case is right for shielding your organization’s belongings.

Pricing Breakdown

EVO II Enterprise Professional (6K) – $3,750.00

  • EVO II Enterprise Professional Plane
  • 7.9” Sensible Distant Controller
  • Clever Flight Battery x 3
  • Strobe Mild
  • Speaker
  • Search Mild
  • Charging Hub
  • Battery Charger
  • Distant Harness
  • Spare Propellers
  • Charging/Machine Cables
  • Enterprise Exhausting Case

EVO II Twin 640T Enterprise – $8,700.00

  • EVO II Twin 640T Enterprise Plane
  • 7.9” Sensible Distant Controller
  • Clever Flight Battery x 3
  • Strobe Mild
  • Speaker
  • Search Mild
  • Charging Hub
  • Battery Charger
  • Distant Harness
  • Spare Propellers
  • Charging/Machine Cables
  • Enterprise Exhausting Case

EVO II Clever Battery – $219.00

Grading the EVO II Twin 640T Enterprise

Autel Robotics has launched two nice platforms that may assist many of us take their drone operations to the following stage and likewise assist extra people, companies and organizations start to leverage drones. The EVO II Enterprise Bundles are pushing the trade ahead with elevated flight time, excessive decision visible/thermal sensors at an inexpensive value. In case you are presently trying to decide up a drone for skilled, industrial and/or enterprise functions I extremely advocate you take into account the EVO II Professional or Twin 640T Enterprise platforms.

My general grade for the Autel Robotics EVO II Twin 640T Enterprise is an A- primarily based on general flight efficiency, high quality of merchandise included, whole value and ease of use. There may be little room for enchancment and I imagine we are going to see motion in a constructive route from Autel  in 2022.

 



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