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Evergy to Inspect Transmission Lines with eSmart AI System

March 1, 2022
eSmart Systems will lead the program working with EDM International and GeoDigital

eSmart Systems formed a multi-year partnership with Evergy, a regulated electric utility that serves more than 1.6 million customers in Kansas and Missouri, to inspect and digitalize their entire transmission system.

The goal of the partnership is to create a digital inventory of all assets and improve the accuracy and consistency of inspections using virtual inspections and artificial intelligence.

In addition to improving reliability and resiliency, this partnership will create a baseline of data that can support predictive maintenance in the future, as well as reduce the expense of inspections and other asset management related activities.

eSmart Systems will lead the program working with EDM International and GeoDigital. GeoDigital is providing large-scale data acquisition and high-resolution image processing and EDM International will provide inspection subject matter expertise.

The program will use eSmart Systems’ advanced solution, Grid Vision, which includes best practice Collaborative-AI. The solution is designed to analyze photographic images of assets to identify defects, catalog asset inventory and identify risk issues that need to be addressed.

This partnership is expected to accelerate image analysis capabilities and improve inspection processes while empowering Evergy to make better-informed decisions in their end-to-end inspection process that significantly reduce costs for inspections, maintenance, and repairs.

“eSmart Systems is a key player in our grid modernization efforts as we continue to focus on energy reliability and grid resilience through innovation and adoption of new technologies. This is a big step that will accelerate identification and repair of defects and help us take advantage of predictive maintenance in the future.” – Mo Awad, Director of Operations Analytics, Evergy

“Our partnership with Evergy is an important landmark in maintaining a resilient grid for the future. The combination of knowledge and skills from bringing together experts from Evergy, our Grid Vision team, GeoDigital, and EDM International, will improve the visibility and awareness of critical infrastructure data including asset inventory and condition as well as decrease risks and operating expenses. We are looking forward to continuing the strong growth of this strategic partnership.” – Steve Hambric, eSmart Systems President of North America.

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