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Why Use a Drone for Cell Tower Inspection

Cell tower inspection

Cell tower inspection in not always the easiest to inspect and the majority of cell phone towers in rural areas of Africa and Indonesia have been erected in the remotest of locations and often accessible by foot only.

Inspection of a single remote tower can take up to several hours, spent in car or on foot just to reach the location of the tower and then from there, a climb and a thorough inspection follows.

With cell tower inspection specifically the most irritating fact is that the tower is in your line of sight, only few hundred meters in front if you but it will take you an hour or more to reach it by foot. Then things get more complicated in the rainy seasons when the rain and the mud create almost impossible conditions to drive. In these periods of the year a detailed inspection is a lengthy and costly process.

 

What to use:

That is where an industrial inspection drone comes in very handy for a cell tower inspection. As a project manager involved in several cell phone tower construction projects, I would recommend the DJI matrice 210 and DJI Zenmuse Z30 camera as and perfect hovering inspection tool. The DJI Matrice 210 can fly up to 35 minutes and has an operation range of 4.4 miles. That is enough to save time and needless effort to reach the remote tower location and not to mention cutting down the costs of fuel for each scheduled inspection.

Real time Assessment: 

The flight and inspection details are transmitted in real time to the engineering team that can make a decision about the necessary intervention or further inspection. All of this plus the possibility of flying from one tower to another as long as they are located within the battery and controller range makes the drone an irreplaceable tool for any telecom or electric power company.

 

3 Payloads: 

The DJI Matrice 210 is a drone that was made for industrial and heavy duty use, with having multiple (three) payloads. Two of the payloads are facing down and the third is facing up. A top-mounted gimbal allows the pilot to inspect bridges. Being able to precisely fly under a bridge or an oil rig, and not having to use scaffolds or teams that will belay under the bridge to inspect the construction can reduce the safety risks. Risk is an always present problem when high rise inspections is being undertaken making problem solving times shorter and more efficient.

 

Best Camera for Inspections: 

The DJI Zenmuse Z30 camera is a perfect inspection tool with 30X optical zoom (6X digital zoom). With this powerful zoom you can keep your distance from the tower or a wind turbine, and you will still have the perfect clear image of every part that is scheduled for inspection. By having your distance from the tower is making the inspection possible even in the harshest of weather conditions.

Equipped with the Zenmuse Z30 x4s or x5s camera, the DJI Matrice 210 is capable of automatically circling the point of interest, making every angle of the tower visible. Once the point of interest mode is set up and activated you can focus on controlling the camera gimbal and zoom. This autonomous mode will help you focus on the details of the inspection instead of being distracted by flying at the same time.

DJI Zenmuse Z30 industrial inspection camera 30x Optical 6xdigital zoom

 

What’s in the box: 

The DJI Martice 210 comes in a heavy-duty case which is perfect for transport to the location and is sturdy enough to withstand a serious beating. The case comes with enough space to fit 6 TB50 or TB55 batteries, Apple iPad, 2 gimbals, 1 controller, 2 sets of propellers and a charger hub. That is enough to give you several hours of flight time and complete even the most demanding of tower inspections.

Costs:

DJI Matrice 210 Drone $8999 USD

DJI Zenmuse Z30 Camera $7250 USD

We offer discounts for bulk purchases.

 

 

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