Developed after inspecting over 90,000km of powerlines using beyond visible line of sight (BVLOS) flights, the Terra Drone solution suite leverages Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to automate damage detection – such as rust on bolts, birds nests and loosening of tower parts – and vegetation management in power transmission and distribution equipment.

Terra Drone Corporation, the world’s largest provider of industrial drone solutions, has launched a new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and AI-based solution for the maintenance of power transmission and distribution equipment.

The solution was developed based on the market gaps identified after inspecting over 90,000km of powerlines by BVLOS flights throughout the world.

The acquired data is automatically processed and analysed by AI algorithms, which detect crossovers at the bottom of transmission lines, buildings and construction machinery.

The system identifies rust, loosening and missing tower parts, nesting wildlife and vegetation encroachment, and then generates a smart report, highlighting the areas that require action.

The error (identified anomaly) detection system is up to 92.5 per cent accurate. The algorithm was developed through a process identifying anomalies in a training data set of approximately 1,500 images, which allows for a custom solution to be created for the end client where all pertinent anomalies are identified and reported.

The development and training of the algorithm only needs to be completed once for a particular type of asset and can be implemented easily at different locations on similar assets.

With such a high-precision algorithm, the productivity of AI processing allows for fast, actionable results. Clients also have the ability to identify the appropriate security protocols for data storage in either a cloud-based or on-premises storage environment. These protocols can then be implemented according to the needs of the client.

Loosening and missing tower parts identified by high-accuracy detection system

Power transmission and distribution companies must conduct periodic inspections of powerline infrastructure to ensure reliable electricity supply, and the conventional methods of deploying ground staff or low-flying helicopters to complete the inspections can be costly.

Conventional helicopter and boots-on-the-ground services can also pose healthy and safety concerns. UAV services and AI inspections can aid in minimising these concerns by reducing the number of workers in the field and eliminate low-level manned helicopter missions.

This solution has been built from the ground up, with the aim to simplify and streamline maintenance work for transmission and distribution companies.

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About Terra Drone Corporation

Established in 2016, Terra Drone Corporation has quickly become one of the world’s largest industrial drone solution companies, employing over 550 drone industry professionals. The company’s head office is located in Tokyo, Japan, and it has more than 25 branches globally – spread throughout Asia, Europe, Americas, Africa, and Oceania.

Terra Drone provides innovative enterprise drone services for oil and gas, utilities, renewables, mining, construction and GIS sectors, among others.

Previous investments include: Unifly, which specializes in unmanned traffic management (UTM); C-Astral, which develops high-endurance fixed-wing UAVs; RoNik Inspectioneering, which provides wireless inspection services for confined spaces; Ventus Geospatial, which has patented gas leak detection technology; and Inkonova, which has developed SLAM technology for underground mines.

Going forward, Terra Drone will continue to invest in technology companies with cutting-edge solutions for drones.

For all the latest news and information about Terra Drone, visit the company’s LinkedIn and Twitter handles.

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