Senate drone infrastructure inspection bill introduced by bipartisan backers

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A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the Senate that seeks to create the mechanisms and allot $100 million in funding for the deployment of drones in infrastructure inspections overseen by local, state, and US government entities.

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American Robotics adds anomaly detection AI to automated Scout drones

Leading autonomous drone services provider American Robotics says it has begun equipping its Scout System UAVs with new artificial intelligence (AI) anomaly detection capabilities designed to help clients – particularly those in oil and gas – avoid unexpected developments or accidents that could lead to costly consequences.

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DroneBase acquires UK firm Inspection² to expand drone AI capabilities

California drone data collection and analytics startup DroneBase has acquired Inspection², a UK-based company that specializes in automating industrial inspections through AI technology. DroneBase plans to utilize the incoming tech stack across telecom and transmission & distribution (T&D) sectors.

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European chemical maker uses automated thermal drones for daily risk analysis

Armor Group, a major European manufacturer of industrial inks, says it has started using a drone-in-a-box solution for daily surveillance and preventive inspection at a French manufacturing site whose atmosphere has been classified as “potentially explosive.” The company’s La Chevrolière site is now benefiting from Hoverseen automatic docking system for Parrot ANAFI thermal drones. 

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Dominion Energy gets BVLOS waiver for Skydio X2 drone inspections

Leading US power utility Dominion Energy has obtained a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) waiver to operate open-ended beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) inspections at over 40 plants using drones from Skydio, whose regulatory team helped secure the approval.

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Drone piloted from Florida inspects industrial plant in Italy [Video]

Red Cat Holdings subsidiary Skypersonic says it has successfully completed the world’s first transcontinental drone inspection relying only on an internet connection from a normal mobile phone. A fully operational utility plant in Turin was inspected using an indoor drone controlled from Orlando, some 4,800 miles away.

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