Inspection

Digital Twins and Turnarounds Optelos CEO David Tran

Saving Time, Reducing Risk: Using Digital Twins to Optimize Turnarounds  Enterprise companies are inundated with digital data: from aerial images to ground-based walkthroughs, companies have more information available to them than ever before. But is all of this data helping the bottom line? At the Energy Drone and Robotics Summit …

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Swiss Drone Startup Flyability Snags $8.6 million in VC Fund…

Inspection drone provider Flyability has flown into some green skies—scooping up $8.6 million in Series C investment funding. Led by Future Industry Ventures and Swisscom Ventures as well as existing investor, ETF Partners, the infusion will fuel Flyability’s product development and expansion of its indoor drone inspection efforts. Founded in 2014, …

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Aerodyne Acquires Sensorem to Expand Australian Drone Market

Malaysia-based drone provider Aerodyne Group recently announced the acquisition of Australian UAV surveying firm Sensorem. With the purchase, Aerodyne can fly further into the Australian minerals, energy, industrial and agricultural sectors. Sensorem will deploy Aerodyne’s AI-powered, end-to-end, cloud-based asset management solution known as “vertikaliti.” Headquartered in Perth, Sensorem is a …

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Drone Provider Percepto Captures $45 million in Series B Fun…

Source: Percepto Autonomous drone developer Percepto has snagged a financial bounty just in time for Thanksgiving—$45 million. Koch Disruptive Technologies led the Series B funding round to launch “a transformative solution for remote, fully autonomous, asset monitoring, inspection and compliance of industrial sites.” Along with VC investors State of Mind Ventures, Atento …

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Drones Solve a Nuclear Waste Mystery at Chernobyl

Source: Flyability In 2019, Switzerland-based Flyability had a mystery to solve at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Was nuclear waste still present in one of the plant’s decommissioned reactors? “At the time of the disaster, the fifth block of the Chernobyl Plant was under construction and nearing completion,” a Flyability spokesperson …

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COVID Response: Drone Service Providers to the Rescue

Source: SkySkopes As industries across the globe come to grips with the “new normal” of a COVID-19 challenges, drone service providers (DSP) are launching new levels of innovation across a range of public and commercial sectors. Last year, Barclays projected drones will lower costs by $100 billion across a majority …

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FAA OKs Wildfire Drone Inspections for Verizon’s Skyward

Source: Skyward Verizon is dialing up a new mission for its drone subsidiary – wildfire damage inspection. The telecom announced today the FAA granted Portland-based Skyward a temporary waiver allowing company pilots to fly Percepto Sparrow drones from their homes to inspect critical communications infrastructure near the Big Hollow wildfire …

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AirWorks: DJI Launches Inspection Drone Project with Shell O…

John McClain, Chief Drone Pilot, Shell Deer Park Refining (Source: DJI) Drone giant DJI is partnering with energy multinational Shell Oil to deploy a drone project at Shell’s Deer Park Manufacturing Complex. As a “Solution Development Partner,” Shell and DJI  will develop and test advanced drone solutions, like the DJI …

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PrecisionHawk Lights Up Drone Tech for Utilities

Source: PrecisionHawk Drone companies like PrecisionHawk have led the industry in the inspection power distribution and transmission infrastructure like lines, towers, transformers and other components of the electrical grid – work that can be dangerous and costly for non-aerial inspectors. Drone tech has improved conditions for power workers by keeping them …

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