Swedish drone services company GLOBHE has signed a global agreement with a world leading telecom company. The GLOBHE network will provide telecom site inspections by drones in up to 30 countries: “from Norway in the north to South Africa in the south,” says a company press release. The deal could be one of the largest drone services contracts executed to date: the reach of the program could provide communities across the globe with their first opportunity to benefit from commercial drones.
Drones in telecom are taking on increasing importance. Florida Power and Light announced that they will use drone inspections in order to protect the power grid after hurricanes. As sensors, AI, and drone automation technology have improved the quality of drone data, drones in telecom provide major efficiencies as well as improvements in worker safety.
“Instead of using traditional methods, such as climbing the telecommunications towers, which is less efficient, provides limited data sets, and comes with certain risks; drones will now be surveying the towers to ensure uninterrupted, high quality communication services to citizens worldwide,” says the press release.
“Drones offer a quick, safe, and environmentally friendly way of capturing high quality reality data with crucial insights – ultimately leading to less risks, less outages, and less costs for the client and society in general, ” Helena Samsioe, GLOBHE CEO says. “GLOBHE is well positioned to perform global inspections through our Crowddroning platform connecting over 3700 professional drone pilots in over 70 countries to fly missions on demand.”
The drones will be used for ongoing service and maintenance inspection, as well as capturing damages from sudden onset changes such as natural disasters, to ensure access to communications in affected, hard to reach areas.
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