Telecom provider T-Mobile will now use an Aerialtronics unmanned aerial system (UAS) to inspect 5,000 antennas in the Netherlands.
Aerialtronics will also provide UAS training for T-Mobile, which will use its own pilot. Having already tested the UAS in the country, T-Mobile purchased the drone from Aerialtronics, which is also supplying an HD camera equipped with heat sensors and transmitters, enabling real-time analysis of the data.
The T-Mobile pilot will start inspecting the first antenna installations in mid-July. At the moment, permission must be obtained from the aviation authority before every flight.
The companies first announced the partnership last fall. Aerialtronics’ Altura Zenith was used to assess the antennas of the Galgenwaard football stadium in Utrecht.
“Normally it would take a week of using a cherry picker to get the right photos of the special stadium antennas and antenna masts and perform the checks,” comments Jeffrey Leentjes, network specialist at T-Mobile. “Now the drone can fly around the station and mast in just 15 minutes, and we got the right images for our inspections.”
According to Aerialtronics, the drone, which can be used in poor weather, will save T-Mobile time and money and provide a safer inspection method than that of cherry pickers.
“We are delighted the tests went so well, and we are pleased T-Mobile are using our UAS,” says Jeremy Wigmore, CEO of Aerialtronics. “We look forward to building a strong relationship with T-Mobile in the future.”
A video demonstration can be found here.