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Maritime Journal | Autonomous drone inspection

Source: Maritime Journal | Autonomous drone inspection

German wind farm giant Siemens is collaborating with U.S. company SkySpecs to deploy automated drone technology for offshore wind-turbine inspections. The goal is to develop a push-button inspection system that is faster, repeatable, and more efficient than existing methods.

Siemens is involving its wind power business and its Next47 venture unit with SkySpecs, which is the first company to successfully demonstrate fully autonomous wind-turbine inspections.

According to SkySpecs, smaller and more powerful computing platforms and sensors, better battery technology, and vastly improved algorithms for managing the flight and safety aspects have transformed drones from a niche hobby into a global reality over the last three to five years.

High-precision applications, such as wind-turbine blade inspection, have unique requirements in terms of user input and navigation techniques. SkySpecs combines expertise in robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine-based analytics to advance industrial drone inspections. By using proprietary software and best-in-class, off-the-shelf hardware, the company’s goal is to provide an end-to-end solution that includes data collection, damage identification, classification, and recommendations.

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