Cell towers, wind turbines, solar panel arrays, power lines, heavy equipment (e.g., airplanes and ships), and large infrastructure require regular inspections to operate safely and efficiently. The inspections themselves are becoming safer and faster because companies are replacing traditional climbing and inspecting methods with drones. Flying a drone can be at least four times faster than climbing.
However, flying a drone often requires the time of a licensed drone pilot for commercial use in addition to the time of an inspector. Watching an inspection video can be more monotonous than a real world inspection, which increases the risk of errors.
Neurala’s Brains4Bots™ software can assist both during flight and after the flight for faster and more accurate inspections.
During flight, The Neurala Brain can quickly identify target areas for quicker and more accurate inspecting. For example, the software can be taught to locate area of damage, corrosion, cracks, missing components, junction boxes and more. This can be used to help pilots guide their drone and gather additional data in problem area for further diagnosis. In the long run, it will enable fully autonomous flights that capture the important features needing inspection.
After flight, inspection time can be significantly reduced to enable inspectors to sift through huge amount of sensor data to find the relevant information. Neurala software can be used to fast-forward to key areas of interest for further inspection. Train the software to recognize objects, such as bolts, or train it for specific problems, such as corrosion. The inspector only needs to focus on the areas of interest, instead of the entire image, which may reduce inspection time and fatigue.