Solusia Air LLC, a services firm that uses unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to provide asset audits and safety inspections for wireless carriers, tower owners and utilities, has received one of the Section 333 exemptions recently issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Under the exemption, the company is permitted to operate an Aibot X6 UAS from Leica Geosystems.
‘The FAA exemption means wireless and utility companies now have a more efficient, safer method for performing audits and safety inspections of infrastructure assets,’ says Chris Moccia, CEO of Solusia Air.
Solusia Air’s UAS services for wireless carriers and tower operators include high-definition photo and video inspection, asset audits, RF microwave path validation, intermodulation/interference identification, wildlife species identification, and safety assessments.
‘Wireless infrastructure is in a continuous, dynamic lifecycle,’ adds Moccia. ‘As new technologies are deployed to keep up with the growing demand for mobile data and high-speed connections, towers need to be audited to document and verify existing configurations and equipment inventories.
“With UAS solutions, this auditing process can now include timely online retrieval of data and images that customers need to make strategic planning, construction and maintenance decisions,” he says.