For many years, field engineers and service personnel have operated with high risk to build, monitor and maintain the power grids all over the world. Many powerlines are crossing unfriendly and dangerous terrain other powerlines cover long distances in remote areas with little other infrastructure.
The cost of maintenance and monitoring the transmission and the distribution nets are significant for Transmission System Operators (TSO) and Distribution System Operators (DSO). With access to up to date and accurate information about status of the system can help building better and more accurate routines for condition based and predictive maintenance of the equipment in the field.
Field inspections are often expensive, time-consuming and sometimes risky. This is where drones can add significant value and cut costs. The drones will in many scenarios eliminate the need for sending personnel into the field and hence reduce the risk of human life.
This blog article will explain some important definitions and can be useful to understand more about drones for utilities. The drones are coming to utilities, are you ready?