Power lines and wind turbine inspections simplified by new drone software add on


A French drone software startup is bidding to streamline the inspections of large outdoor structures, with the release of a new bit of kit.

Sterblue is hoping its new technology will enable companies to more closely inspect power lines or wind turbines and identify problems solved quicker and without human error.

The software allows drones to get within three metres of power lines and wind turbines and produce high quality scanned images to identify automated insights that could highlight anomalies that need a second look.

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Anomalies can be as small as 1 millimetre in size and still be detected by the Sterblue’s AI systems.

Compared to navigating a tight urban environment, Sterblue has the benefit of there being very few airborne anomalies around these structures so autonomously flying along certain flight paths is as easy as having a CAD structure available and enough wiggle room to correct for things like wind conditions.

Operators have to connect their drones to the Sterblue cloud platform and can then view and upload 3D models of the structures they have scanned

The startup initially began working on its own custom drone hardware, but then decided to partner with companies like DJI and its off-the-shelf products to combine the Sterblue software solution as an add on.

The founding team is comprised of former Airbus employees that are focusing early efforts on utility companies with some of the first customers based in Europe, Africa and Asia.

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