Sharper Shape, a Finland-headquartered supplier of drone-based infrastructure and utility asset management solutions, and Sterlite Grid, India’s largest private developer of independent transmission systems, have formed an alliance to bring unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology to the power transmission industry.
According to Sharper Shape, this partnership will provide business solutions to transmission line operators, specifically helping them to reduce delivery time of projects and increase the uptime of power systems.
Pravin Agarwal, chairman of Sterlite Power Grid Ventures, and Samuel Salmenlinna, chairman of Sharper Shape, signed the partnership agreement on Feb. 14.
“We are glad to have partnered with the company that has done pioneering work in utilizing drones for infrastructure projects,” Agarwal says. “India has a tremendous requirement to improve the construction speed and operating efficiency of transmission systems. This partnership will play a critical role towards meeting that need.”
Per the agreement, Sterlite Grid will set up all operations in India involving customer-facing activities. Sharper Shape, as the technology provider, will offer software solutions, technical know-how and any additional services required to fulfill the scope of the work.
The supplier further notes that the partnership would eliminate manual inspections, which can be time-consuming and imprecise.