Using Big Data To Keep The Power On

I wrote a while back about how drone technology is increasingly used to ensure utility companies don’t suffer from power outages.  At the forefront of this shift is drone company Sharper Shape.  The company, which originated in Finland, recently secured a multi-million dollar funding round to aid its expansion into the US market.

One of the main areas the company is working in is to ensure trees don’t fall onto power lines.  Whilst it sounds rather low tech, it’s a problem that causes utility companies to spend around $6-8 billion a year to inspect both lines and neighboring trees to ensure mishaps don’t occur.

Being able to predict the risk posed by falling trees is crucial, and a recent project from Texas A&M University utilizes big data to achieve that.

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