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Percepto to Deploy Automated Drones for Monitoring of Canadian Electric Power Stations
Percepto the autonomous inspection and monitoring solution provider announced that Transport Canada has approved Ontario Power Generation(OPG) to operate Percepto’s drone in a box solution Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) at McConnell Lake Control Dam without a visual observer on site, a first in Canada.
A BVLOS Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) was issued for the Percepto Air Max autonomous drone-in-a-box, as provided by Rocky Mountain Unmanned Systems and their GM Kevin Toderal, to perform remote inspections in a pilot project starting this month.
Laying the groundwork for similar highly-automated BVLOS SFOCs for other Canadian Percepto customers, the OPG facility will gain the benefits of remote, high frequency visual inspection with actionable insights with the possibility to centrally control drone-in-a-box fleets at multiple sites.
The announcement comes shortly after Percepto achieved a U.S. nationwide BVLOS waiver, empowering qualified Percepto customers to immediately gain actionable insights from remotely operated drones. Percepto’s automated drone-in-a-box technology has been deployed by other electric utilities to monitor the durability of power grid infrastructure and quickly detect problems, enabling faster response times and restoring power quicker after storms and other disasters.