Drones proving their worth with aerial inspections of mobile towers
In the past, the process of conducting a mobile tower inspection was a bit challenging and it required a lot of things. Heavy equipment was required and people were also required to climb up the tower structures which came with a lot of risks. Companies also faced the risks of heavy insurance costs following injuries of people performing manual inspection of towers.
However, the advent of drone technology has significantly improved the process of conducting mobile tower inspection. Drones that are equipped with thermal imaging cameras have many advantages such as improved precision and accuracy. However, drone use for tower inspection requires professional experience by the operator of the device.
The autonomous commercial drones are significantly changing the manner in which companies responsible for telecommunication towers are inspecting and auditing the wireless infrastructure. The use of drones for mobile tower inspection is comes with many advantages like improved speed, safety and efficiency in data collection and many more.
Advantages of Using Drones for Mobile Tower Inspection
Drones are effective in that they provide higher-resolution of video and imagery of tower structures and equipment for better inspection. This method is better than conducting the inspections manually since it helps the inspectors to obtain real time data.
The other issue is that the process of drone inspection for tower structures is cost effective. The technology reduces the quantity of labor required to perform the same since it can be done by just one experience drone operator. With this kind of technology, there is no need to hire equipment like lifts to use for conducting tower inspection.
Drones also promote safety since the inspector does not need to climb up the tower. The operator of the drone does not necessarily need to be on site but can deploy the UAV from a distance. The other important thing is that the tower remains operational during inspection. When conducting the inspection manually, the tower can be switched off which disrupts service provision to different users.
Drones also increase efficiency due to reliability and data accuracy. Drones are capable of capturing accurate, high resolution images and videos in real time, a feat that is not possible when using manual methods to gather data for inspection.
The thermal cameras mounted on drones are also capable of identifying deficiencies on mobile towers that cannot be identified by naked eyes. The other thing of particular interest is that drone technology offers live streaming capabilities.
While the operator is capturing images and videos, they are streamed live giving an opportunity for instant analysis of data. The process of gathering data is fast and it can also be repeated several times moments later to see if you will come up with the same results. This helps to ensure that the results are accurate and chances of overlooking potential defects are slim.
Thermal imaging is also capable of diagnosing defects in the interior of the tower components rather than focusing on exterior surface. The advantage is that inspectors can identify potential threats before they become real.