Domino’s and Amazon.com might be hogging the headlines about the commercial viability of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), or, simply, “drones,” but electric utility and transmission companies are equally enthusiastic about the technology’s potential to boost their sy
The digital age is all about innovation. One new technology complements another until we are living in a world that is only a few steps removed from what would have once been considered science fiction.
Throughout history, military technology has evolved into far-flung and highly useful civilian applications. The Humvee notwithstanding, consumers have benefitted in many ways from technology that was first applied on the battlefield.
Recent test flights in Alabama directed by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) of prototype unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and payloads of video and other sensing equipment indicate that drone technology could be deployed to assess damage to electric transmission and distribution systems fol