Just recently, DJI launched the new drone of its Matrice line, the Matrice 300 RTK.
In addition to the M300, DJI also launched the Zenmuse H20 camera series. Both the M300 and H20 series are focused on intensive commercial drone applications, with public safety and inspections topping the list.
Regarding the professional drones, the M300 represents a significant step forward compared to the M200 V2.
One of its biggest updates is an impressive 55 minutes of flight time (the M200 V2 has 38). The improved flight time brings the M300 a little closer than the 70-minute flight time of the Impossible Aerospace public security drone, Impossible US-1. This is probably a conscious move, as DJI is positioning the M300 to compete directly with AI and other public security-focused drones.
In addition to a longer flight time, the new Matrice can support up to three payloads simultaneously.
It is compatible with the two new Zenmuse H20 cameras, both equipped with optical and thermal sensors, making it a good option for many commercial applications.
MANY UPDATES SINCE M200
In recent years, the Matrice 200 series has become a reference option for public safety and commercial operators who want something more resistant and high-end than a prosumer model without being too expensive.
The M300 takes this popular commercial platform and updates almost everything.
Flight time, detection technology and payload capacity are all much more robust in the new Matrice, not to mention the fact that it is more resistant (below is a list of its toughness characteristics) and is provided with application-specific features to support both public safety and inspection use cases.
Specifications and characteristics of the M300 :
– Maximum flight time: 55 minutes (M200 V2 has 38 minutes)
– Transmission range: 9.3 miles (the M200 V2 range is 5 miles)
– Obstacle avoidance: six obstacle avoidance sensors for greater safety during flight (M200 V2 has three sensors)
The Matrice 300 is super resistant and offers some extraordinary new features that will surely come in handy for those who carry out commercial work in places with extreme temperature changes.
Here are some of the features that make the M300 so durable:
– Cold proof. Since batteries can become unusable at low temperatures, the M300 has a self-heating battery.
– Jump in temperature. The M300 has an operating temperature of -4 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
– Heavier payload. The M300 can carry up to six pounds (twice the payload of the M200 V2) and up to three different payloads simultaneously.
– Wind resistance and speed. The M300 can reach 51 miles in the air and has a wind resistance of up to 49 feet / second.
– Resistant to rain and dust. The M300 has an IP45 degree of protection from the elements, which means it can withstand rain and dust while in the air (the M200 V2 has an IP43 protection degree).
– Smart features for difficult situations. The M300 has several features that allow you to fly safely in difficult circumstances, including an anti-collision beacon, sensors capable of detecting obstacles up to 98 feet away and AirSense, which is now standard on DJI drones weighing over 0.55. pounds (ADS -B receiver that collects signals from manned planes and alerts the drone pilot of their position).
CUSTOMIZED FEATURES FOR INSPECTIONS AND PUBLIC SECURITY
If you watch DJI’s promotional video for the M300 (shown above), it is clear that two of its main target markets are inspectors and public security agencies.
This solution sets a completely new standard for industrial UAV solutions, significantly improving public safety, energy, law enforcement, detection and mapping, as well as critical infrastructure inspections.
Christina Zhang, Senior Director, Corporate Strategy at DJI
But the utility of the M300 for public safety and inspections does not stop with the functions listed above. DJI has actually included features that support each of these applications – keep reading to find out more.
Drones have become a powerful tool for visual inspections in recent years, allowing inspectors to avoid potentially dangerous situations and helping companies make significant savings in the process.
Here are the inspection-focused features provided with the M300:
– Recording of live missions. Record mission actions such as drone movement, gimbal orientation, photo shoot and zoom level to create sample mission files for future automated inspections.
– Automatic switching in real time. Automatic real-time switching between 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz allows for more reliable flight near high interference environments, which may prove useful for some types of high voltage pole and antenna inspection.
– AI Spot Check. Automate routine inspections and get consistent results every time. Integrated artificial intelligence recognizes the topic of interest and identifies it in subsequent automated missions to ensure a coherent framework.
Public security features
The public security sector is already one of the greatest features used by the Matrice. A recent report from the Bard Center for the Study of the Drone found that out of 1,578 known public security drone programs, 226 (14%) used a Matrice (the Matrice was 4th in the list of the best drone models used, preceded by DJI Phantom, Inspire, and Mavic, in that order).
The M300 will help DJI further strengthen its presence in public security, with these extra features that can help support public safety use cases:
– Pinpoint. Mark an object in the camera or map view with a quick touch and the advanced sensor fusion algorithms will immediately calculate its coordinates, which are projected on all camera views as an AR icon. The position of the subject is automatically shared with another remote control or with online platforms such as DJI FlightHub.
– Double check. The operator can now get control of the aircraft or payload with a single touch. This creates new possibilities for mission strategies and greater flexibility during operations.
– Smart Track. Identify and follow moving subjects such as people, boats and vehicles and with the Smart Track function, in which automatic zoom is applied for constant monitoring and viewing. The dynamic position of the subject is continuously acquired and shared with another radio control or with DJI FlightHub.
An illustration of how Dual Control can help support police officers
GIMBAL SERIES H20
The M300 is compatible with both cameras in the new Zenmuse H20 and H20T series, which have been clearly designed with intensive commercial work in mind.
Zenmuse H20 comes with three different cameras in one. Here are its main specifications:
– A 20 megapixel camera and 23x zoom
– A 12 MP wide angle camera
– A laser rangefinder that can extend to 3,937 feet
If you are thinking that it may be difficult to operate three different cameras at the same time, don’t worry: DJI has included a one-click capture function in both H20 and H20T to simplify things.
This function can be used to get images from all three cameras simultaneously, without having to switch between cameras.
Zenmuse H20T resumes the configuration of the H20 and adds a radiometric thermal imaging camera:
If you want information on how to buy the DJI Matrice 300 and the gimbal of the Zenmuse H20 series, contact us.