Terra Drone, KDDI launch new UAS services
Terra Drone and KDDI have launched new infrastructure inspection services using UAS, Terra-Drone announced on 25 April.
The solution uses UAS with high-resolution cameras to monitor the structural health of industrial systems, such as wind turbines, telecom and transmission steel towers, smokestacks and bridges. The data management and report generation is further automated via Terra Inspection software, an online platform based on the Terra UTM autonomous flight system and Terra Mapper 3D modelling system.
The UAS will generate a 3D model of the heavy industrial asset by flying around the structure, while simultaneously determining which components should be inspected. This allows the UAS to capture the inspection points from optimal angles and ranges designated by the Terra Inspection software.
The solution uses the Smart Drone platform, which has been jointly developed by Terra Drone and KDDI. Smart Drone connects UAS with a mobile communication network, weather database and maps to enable remotely planned UAS flight paths, as well as monitoring and control of flight operations. Apart from asset inspection, the solution can be used for several other industrial applications, including large-area surveillance, land survey and precision farming.
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