From the BBC World Service
Using reality computing in the form of laser-equipped drones to map Finland’s forests, Sharper Shape could be reducing utility company’s costs by up to 50%.
“We create a model that is sharper than the reality. We create a model within a centimeter accuracy of all of the components of power transmission – poles, pylons, isolators. But we also create a model of each individual tree, which enables us to understand the clearance distances.” The data is also used to model the vegetation’s growth, allowing the company to predict risks such as when a tree might fall onto the power cables. Mr Heinonen suggests that his firm’s UAVs could reduce utility company costs by up to 50%.
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