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3DR Drones Being Brought in for Queensland’s Storm Season

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 30, 2016

Australian telecommunications company Telstra will be using drones to help restore mobile services in disaster-hit communities in northern Queensland this coming storm season. Telstra’s CEO, Andrew Penn, and group managing director of networks, Mike Wright, witnessed the drones’ capabilities in [Read More]

Ann Arbor Drone Company Inks Federal Grant for Turbine Inspection Research

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 24, 2016

SkySpecs, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based provider of autonomous drones for the inspection of wind turbines, has received a small-business voucher (SBV) from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) office of energy efficiency and renewable energy, according to an announcement from [Read More]

N.H. Utility Employs UAV for Infrastructure Inspection

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 19, 2016

Power provider Eversource has completed upgrades to electric lines in Nashua, N.H., after using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to identify the infrastructure in need of repairs. “Over 500,000 customers in New Hampshire depend on us for reliable electric service [Read More]

Sky-Futures Presenting Webinar on Confined-Space UAV Inspections

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 16, 2016

Sky-Futures, a provider of drone-based data collection and analysis services for the oil and gas industry, is holding a webinar on confined-space inspections using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Held Aug. 24. at 9:00 a.m. UCT or 4:00 p.m. UCT, the [Read More]

Sharper Shape Bringing Drones to Utility Asset Inspections in India

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 10, 2016

Sharper Shape – a Finland- and California-based provider of automated, drone-based asset inspections – and Indian transmission company Sterlite Power have announced a strategic partnership to provide drone inspection services for utility assets in India. As part of the cooperation, [Read More]

Total Safety Links Up With Helicopter Company for Expanded UAS Services

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 09, 2016

Total Safety U.S. Inc., a provider of industrial inspection and integrated safety solutions, has expanded its commercial unmanned aircraft system (UAS) offerings and announced a partnership with Era Group Inc., a helicopter transport operator. Total Safety says it was one [Read More]

Researchers Tackle Drone Power Line Inspections Beyond Line of Sight

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 25, 2016

Officials from the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP), Dominion Virginia Power and HAZON Solutions recently conducted drone test flights to determine the need for air- or ground-based visual observers during power line inspections. According to Virginia Tech, the unmanned [Read More]

AT&T Says It Is ‘Pushing the Envelope’ on UAV Possibilities

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 13, 2016

Earlier this year, AT&T and Intel teamed up to test how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can function on a long-term evolution (LTE) network. Now, AT&T has announced the trial launch of its “national drone program,” which will explore this and [Read More]

DroneDeploy, DJI Aim to Increase Solar Panel Inspection Efficiency

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 12, 2016

In an effort to increase the efficiency of solar panel inspections via unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), DroneDeploy and DJI have teamed up to deliver new inspection and thermal imagery capabilities. With two taps on an iOS or Android device, customers [Read More]

DroneView Technologies Inks Partnership for Wind Turbine Work

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 06, 2016

ABS Group, a provider of technical inspection and verification services to the global power and wind energy industries, has signed an agreement with DroneView Technologies to deliver wind turbine inspections using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). According to Ted Hofbauer, ABS [Read More]