Inspect (Hazardous Environments)
Inspecting buildings and infrastructure for maintenance or response to an incident is costly and time-consuming. It can also be dangerous when it involves hazardous environments such as tall buildings, electricity pylons or radioactive material. Using unmanned aerial vehicles can save time, money and even lives, as well as enable inspections that were previously highly challenging or not possible at all. This is one of the first use categories that has seen relatively widespread civic and commercial deployment of drones. UAV’s are used by National Rail to inspect tracks and respond to incidents, by the National Grid surveying high voltage electricity networks, and by fire and rescue service to inspect incidents such as the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017. What else could the future hold for inspection by flying robots?
February 7, 2018