Drones fix ‘impossible’ task and restore communication to remote homes


Drones have been used to restore communication to a remote community after a landslide in the Scottish Highlands.

An Openreach team used the drones to fly new cable over the safety exclusion zone, around the landslide to the base of the Quoich Dam, and connect it to the existing network which re-enabled residents to get in touch with the outside world.

According to a report from The Press and Journal in Aberdeen, after the drones had connected the power, the team walked three miles to the nearest sub-station to ensure power had been connected securely.

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Fraser MacDougall, Openreach operations manager for Highlands and Islands, described how important drones were to get power restored.

He said: “As there is no mobile reception at Kinloch Hourn, the radio link is the main means of communication and summoning help in emergencies.”

He added: “It was important to get it restored so that residents have access to services while clean up and stabilisation works are completed. It initially looked impossible due to the exclusion zone and road closure, but then we hit on the idea of using the drone.”

Read more on how Openreach has been using drones in Scotland, here:

Openreach turns to drone operations for fibre broadband connection in Scottish Highlands

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