DroneHive, a drone services company, and Red Mountain Scientific, a provider of autonomous flight software, have partnered to provide telecommunications companies with aerial data collection services.
DroneHive has a ready-to-deploy team of more than 500 remote pilots across the country, and Red Mountain’s software streamlines data analysis and generates tower reports. By employing drones, companies can reduce liabilities, secure more accurate data, improve efficiencies and reduce costs, according to the partners.
“It is crazy to send thousands of cell tower technicians in harm’s way, literally risking life and limb, to do something that now can be safely done using drones,” says Paul Huish, CEO of DroneHive. “This partnership provides a quick, turnkey solution for the telecommunications industry that not only can save human lives but can greatly enhance their business operations.”
Sam McGuire, a former cell tower inspector and now director of business development for Red Mountain Scientific, adds, “Tower work is inherently dangerous as soon as boots leave the ground. Moreover, the data a cell tower inspector can collect is usually limited to the path of their climb. Our goal is to reduce elevated work and enhance the quality of tower inspection data. This partnership solves both of those issues.”
Through the new parternship, companies can get a 360-degree view of a tower and near-real-time data. Red Mountain uses machine learning and AI to quickly recognize the attributes of vertical assets and detect anomalies.
DroneHive notes it has completed more than 10,000 flights for clients this year.