Over 90% of power outages occur on the distribution grid. Yet, existing methods of inspecting grid assets at scale to mitigate resiliency and safety risks are employed mainly on the transmission grid, not the distribution grid.
Why is this the case? Simply put, inspecting distribution grid assets at scale is difficult. Distribution grid assets are too numerous, often located in densely populated areas, and aerial views can be obscured by vegetation for three quarters of the year. This means that nascent methods of at-scale inspection, such as piloting drone missions, cannot be easily applied to the distribution grid. The net result is that utilities must perform costly and time-consuming manual inspections that don't scale, leaving the grid at risk to climate-related events.
Inspector Edge enables low cost inspection of distribution grid assets at scale. It's a hardware device that mounts on existing fleet vehicles and leverages proprietary AI to inspect and inventory assets at the edge, sending results to the cloud in real-time for further review.