What to Expect When You’re Inspecting

Join 30-year industry veteran, Matt Zafuto, Cyberhawk’s Chief Commercial Officer, as he shares his experience in starting and scaling end-to-end UAS inspection solutions, including visualization, analytics and AI, for utility infrastructure asset management programs.

This webinar was originally held on May 9th, 2024, and is now available for on demand viewing.


Duration: 1/2 hour 

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The rapid advancement of technology in recent years has paved the way for innovative approaches to inspecting and managing transmission and distribution assets in the utilities industry. By integrating cutting-edge technologies such as drones, high-resolution imaging, artificial intelligence and the utilization of inspection workflow processes, utilities can enhance the efficiency, accuracy, and safety of inspecting critical infrastructure.

In this webchat, we’ll explore the key pillars of a UAS program and the benefits of cost-effective remote data collection and management, along with coordination of the data, which contributes to real-time analytics and predictive maintenance strategies. Ultimately, this approach accelerates speed-to-decision about critical infrastructure and empowers utilities to significantly scale remote aerial inspection programs to identify potential risks, optimize asset performance, and ensure reliable electricity transmission and distribution networks.

We will also explore the end-to-end data flows coming from adjacent systems and processes including the EAM, workforce management solution (WFM) and GIS systems, and how a UAS program is accretive to the investment in these existing systems. By understanding the data flows to/from each of these systems, you’ll be able to better understand how a UAS program addresses business challenges such as asset management and maintenance, vegetation management, storm response, wildfire mitigation, and crew and community safety. 


Matt Zafuto 
Title: Chief Commercial Officer 
Company: Cyberhawk

Matt Zafuto has been a leader and catalyst for improving T&D grid operations and catalyst for corporate and industry change for the past 28 years. During this time, he has focused on driving business process changes with technology innovations in energy utility operations to address reliability and workforce efficiency.  Matt’s career highlights include establishing and executing strategy at the corporate level, aligning line of business objectives to the corporate strategy and tactical execution of strategic objectives at Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, ABB and Xcel Energy and most recently as Chief Commercial Officer for Cyberhawk, Inc.  

In 2013, Matt was appointed vice chairman of the Board of Directors for the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) and he has also served on the CleanTX Economic Development Board of Directors. Both organizations bring together industry, government, and academia leaders to accelerate economic and technological growth in smart grid, smart water, advanced transportation, alternative energy and energy efficiency. 
Matt holds a BS in Business Administration with a major in Management Information Systems from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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