Above partners with Bullitt to add mobile thermal imaging to solar app. Image: Above.

Above Surveying has partnered with Bullitt Group to add mobile thermal imaging to its EyeSite all-in-one solar inspection app.

The partnership will see Above’s EyeSite app combined with a Cat S62 Pro thermal imaging camera in order to improve efficiency and safety when conducting plant inspections. This will make the EyeSite app accessible on the CatS62 Pro smartphone.

“The reality today is that most site visits require operatives to use a combination of tools and technologies to capture data and observations,” said Will Hitchcock, CEO of Above Surveying.

“Then spend even more time post-visit compiling these notes, photos and other data into a finished report or deliverable. Now operatives can use one device and one application to capture what they need, there and then.”

The EyeSite application provides a full suite of tools, including inspection management, task lists, serial number scanning and actionable reports.

Cat S62 utilises a high resolution FLIR Lepton Sensor allowing for advanced thermal imaging on the smart phone, enabling engineers and inspectors to easily access and assess solar sites. It also allows for streamlined thermographic and visual inspections, accurate location and quick format reporting.

“Bullitt has pioneered mobile thermal imaging since 2016 and we are really excited to be supporting Above with a relevant and compelling use case,” said Tim Shepherd, senior director of applications at Bullitt Group.

“By using the Cat phones SDK to integrate the thermal capabilities of the Cat S62 Pro into their app, Above has created the ability for ground engineers to inspect and assess solar installations with just a handheld device. The fact that it is also a connected device means a new, real-time, cost-efficient tool for the industry.”

Above was founded in 2016 and has since worked on over 2,500 solar assets across six continents. One of its products, SolarGain, an interactive web-based platform, provides solar developers and operators with plant data, which is used to create digital models and AI.

The partnership with Bullitt adds to the growing list of monitoring services that Above is advancing. The firm recently trialled autonomous drones as a means to provide operational and maintenance improvements at a solar farm managed by Octopus Energy Generation.