In the past, doing an asset inspection such as a telco cell tower required a lot of heavy equipment to be brought on site, as well as, a person climbing the structures, which can lead to potential risks, injuries and significant insurance costs for the enterprise.
Autonomous commercial drones are changing the way cell tower companies are auditing and inspecting wireless infrastructure by enabling the rapid, repeatable, and safe collection of high-resolution imagery and video of tower structures and equipment used to produce reality like 3D Digital twins which can be automatically inspected using AI and leveraged for commercial activities.
SOLAR FARM INSPECTIONS
The solar industry is growing exponentially. There are now over 600 GW of capacity in the world with over 60GW in Australia. Operations and maintenance (O&M) providers are responsible for the upkeep of large photovoltaic systems (solar farms), and they are increasingly turning to drones to reduce maintenance costs and increase power generation.
Autonomous drones to survey analyse and clean solar panels can significantly reduce the cost of inspections and maximise energy production.
Drones revolutionize the way we inspect our power-lines and transmission towers. According to Navigant Research, using a drone can significantly reduce costs from $5,000 to $200 for a single transmission tower inspection. with the ability to capture and analyse more accurate data.
Using LIDAR cameras data is used to create Digital Terrain Models and Digital Surface Models of the power lines corridors enabling calculations such as proximity between vegetation and power lines.
AGRICULTURAL SURVEYING AND SPRAYING
With the global increase in demand for clean food and other agricultural products, Australian farmers and ranchers are finding that drones are returning critically-needed information on the health of their enterprises.
Imaging from drones can assist farmers understanding where irrigation may be needed and crop health to determine which areas may be suffering from nutritional deficiencies and pests.
Spray technologies combined with autonomous drone flights can automate responses to specific issues.