Advancing Aerial Technology: Opportunities for Utilities

Airborne inspection and monitoring technologies have definitely proven to be game-changing tools for utilities. As these technologies are deployed across the electrical grid, the amount of data being produced has increased exponentially. This has become a real problem for end users and providers alike. Fortunately, advanced software is coming to the rescue. It is taming the game-changing aerial technology. Software developers have tackled the big data challenge with software designed to automate the data-handling processing. They are using self-learning algorithms to calculate and analyze the collected data to the point where they can automatically identify and prioritize current and potential problems without human input. Following are images of some of the advanced technologies, featured in the T&D World April Aerial supplement article, "Airborne Technology Advances Every Day."

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