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OPG to use Percepto drone to monitor infrastructure

DCN-JOC News Services
OPG to use Percepto drone to monitor infrastructure

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Autonomous inspection provider Percepto has announced Transport Canada has approved Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to operate Percepto’s drone product at the McConnell Lake Control Dam without a visual observer onsite, a first in Canada.

The product is called Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS).

A BVLOS Special Flight Operations Certificate was issued for the Percepto Air Max autonomous “drone-in-a-box,” as provided by Rocky Mountain Unmanned Systems, stated a release. Rocky Mountain will perform remote inspections in a pilot project starting this month. 

Percepto recently achieved a U.S. nationwide BVLOS waiver, enabling Percepto clients to use remotely operated drones. The company’s drone technology has been deployed by other electric utilities to monitor power grid infrastructure, enabling faster response times and restoring power quicker after outages.

Percepto operations will be co-ordinated through the company’s Autonomous Inspection and Monitoring product.

“Obtaining this certificate marks a significant milestone in Canada to provide remote and autonomous inspections at power generating facilities, fulfilling Percepto’s mission to provide safe and reliable critical infrastructure,” stated Percepto government affairs vice-president Neta Gliksman in a statement.

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