DJI has partnered with Southern Company to grow the use of drones in the utility sector.
As part of the deal, both firms are hoping the collaboration can show how drones can be used as reliable tools to benefit the utility industry.
Jan Gasparic, DJIs director of strategic partnerships, commented on the move: “As one of the nation’s largest utility providers, Southern Company has provided valuable insight into the application of drone technology for routine equipment inspection and maintenance as well as using it for disaster recovery efforts where saving time can mean saving lives.
He added: “We look forward to working with Southern Company as we collaborate on new hardware and software solutions that will help make DJI drones an indispensable tool for the utilities industry.”
As a solution development partner, Southern Company will help co-develop and test customised solutions for the utilities industry with DJI.
DJI and Southern Company have worked together in the past to respond to local issues and large-scale disasters like Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael.
Southern Company will also become a member of the DJI Advisory Council.
Dean Barefield, Southern Company’s UAS program manager said: “’Southern Company is proud to be designated a Solution Development Partner with DJI. At Southern Company, we train and place UAS technology in the hands of employees throughout our many business units.
He continued: “Given the attractive price point and reliability, DJI remains the natural selection for this application, meeting our UAS needs.”