Verizon using drones to inspect cell sites in aftermath of Hurricane Matthew
Article Source: RCR Wireless News
Verizon Wireless is using drones to help with cell site inspections from the air in North Carolina and South Carolina to survey areas impacted by severe flooding from Hurricane Matthew, the telecom company wrote in a blog post. The quadcopter used for the inspections is an unmanned aerial system operated by Measure UAS to inspect cell sites in difficult-to-reach locations and share information on any damaged equipment.
“We understand how vital wireless communication is to connect with loved ones, reach out for help and start the long process of recovery during and after an event like Hurricane Matthew,” said Nicki Palmer, chief network officer at Verizon Wireless. “While we were able to access most sites quickly to assess damage, some sites were not accessible to us due to extreme flooding. We are very pleased that we now have this new tool to add to our already extensive list of preparatory and recovery efforts to help inspect our network assets and expedite recovery time.”
The UAS is able to both record and livestream high-definition video and high-resolution photographs of a cell site. Continue reading about Verizon…