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AeroTract Begins AI Utility Analytics

January, 2024

Seth Kelley, Machine learning engineer at AeroTract, begins work on utilizing high resolution drone imagery to detect anomalies on utility infrastructure. Using a combination of LiDAR, thermal, and visual data, he is constructing a series of utility analytics allowing our team and utility managers to assess components and infrastructure quickly and effectively.

While a project in process, we have seen promising results in aiding our utility team in detecting issues across circuits and transmission systems.

" Our structured system facilitates faster and more informed decision-making, ensuring the continued efficiency and safety of the network" - Seth Kelley, Machine Learning Engineer

AeroTract's utility AI detecting insulator damage

Some benefits of the addition according to our clients are as follows:

  • Efficiency: AI in utility inspection streamlines the process, automating tasks that would otherwise require significant time and human resources.

  • Cost Savings: By reducing the need for manual labor and enabling predictive maintenance, AI can result in cost savings for utility companies.

  • Accuracy: AI algorithms can analyze large datasets with precision, detecting anomalies and potential issues in utility infrastructure that may go unnoticed by human inspectors.

  • Predictive Maintenance: By analyzing historical data and patterns, AI can predict potential equipment failures, allowing for proactive maintenance and minimizing downtime.

  • Scalability: AI systems can scale to handle large and diverse utility networks, ensuring that inspections are conducted comprehensively and consistently.

  • Faster Decision-making: AI processes data quickly, enabling utility companies to make informed decisions promptly, especially in emergency situations.

  • Enhanced Asset Management: AI aids in better asset management by providing insights into the condition of infrastructure, allowing for prioritized maintenance and replacement planning.

Not only does Seth's construction of our AI anlaytics benefit the level of detail and effectiveness on our report processing, it complements and aids our utility team to better understand the components and infrastructure they are assessing during field operations.

Seth Kelley, Machine Learning Engineer at AeroTract

Get in touch with our team to learn more about how our AI and utility inspection services might benefit the management of your utility. You can also meet Seth this year at the international Distributech conference in Florida, 2024. He will be at our booth showing off some of the things he has been working on.


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