Smart Power Grid Inspection

Drone or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is an excellent tool for effective power line inspection and management.

Industry Trend

Utilities spend millions of dollars inspecting infrastructure from power lines to pipelines, which are often in hard-to-reach, dangerous places. However, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, are set to revolutionize the way utilities industries solve inspection issues.UAV-based power line inspection is relatively new technology being adopted by the utilities worldwide. Drones enable collecting the needed data for identifying and mitigating risks in power transmission and distribution. Utilities companies are particularly eager to use drones to mitigate hazardous, time-consuming and expensive work.
Xingtera provides a complete UAV intelligent system for power line inspection. That includes UAV, UAV Remote Control Terminal, UAV Inspection System Application SW Platform, Control Center for UAV Live Monitoring and Management, UAV Autopilot Mobile App, and Power Line Inspection Service Platform. Functionally, the system consists of data acquisition in the field, platform for access integration, and data service. Our solution can better monitor sensitive infrastructure for dangerous situations as well as improve distribution reliability. In addition, our solution is field proven and deployed by Tier 1 power transmission businesses in Asia.

What are Challenges in Today's Power Grid Inspection

Power line inspections are always an expensive, time-consuming affair due to difficulties inn realizing safe, efficient and high quality visual and sensor assessments of transmission and distribution towers, bridges, buildings and pipelines.
Frequent Inspections Demanded

In the US, the Public Utilities Commissions usually require a visual inspection of each power line every 1–2 years and a detailed inspection every 3–5 years, a frequency typical of most states.

Intensive Labor Workload

Traditional power grid inspection involves lots of labor efforts. Especially in remote areas, walking is almost the only option for workers to get to the locations for inspection tasks. The low efficiency leads to large number of workers.

Nearly Impossible Missions

Such inspections usually require one of three methods: walk, drive, or fly. For rural power lines in remote areas, rough terrain makes walking or driving nearly impossible. Therefore, power grid inspection is a big and costly undertaking.

High Cost

Demand on intensive labor effort is expensive. There are areas that helicopter-based power line inspections can be used. However, helicopters are noisy, and ecologically unsustainable, it is also very expensive and costs more than $4,000 per day.

Solution Overview

Xingtera UAV-based Power Line Inspection solution is an end-to-end solution based on UAV, cloud, and AI. Functionally, it is divided into data acquisition by UAV, cloud platform with environment data and libraries, and AI-enhanced data analysis to pinpoint the failure cause and location.

Application Views

Our UAV solution significantly simplifies the power grid inspections and efficiently reduces the costs.

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