Drones have become an integral part of our lives recently on both the professional and recreational levels. Now, they are being used to inspect telecommunications towers. The telecommunications industry is benefiting from drones in an effort to cut down on one of the most dangerous jobs out there; climbing towers. Commercial drone usage has allowed the telecommunications industry to collect photos, video and other data about towers without risking injury or death. This safer method of collecting the data helps industry professional conduct an audit of the equipment and the wireless infrastructure with ease.
This is a case study carried out for one of our clients in Malaysia.
As always, the Research & Development team (R&D) from MMC. MMC when presented with a project, will always inquire from the clients the problems or challenges being faced. We were presented with this challenges from the client:
High risk of tower climbers
High cost of mast inspection
Ecological Impact etc.
After the MMC TEAM reviewed the above challenges, the TEAM after several observations came up with a custom-made solution to solve the said challenges.
With the deployment of the said solution, the MMC TEAM achieved the following results:
Eliminate the risk of tower climbers performing audits and inspections;
Promote and ensure the safety of workers;
Track equipment specifications associated with the tower;
Inspect the tower equipment for any damage to reduce downtime;
Review the site for any encroachments by vegetation and bed nest;
Save cost for carrying any such exercise.
Communication towers (mast) for radio and mobile signals are by their very nature very tall structures. They can range from 40 feet right up to 2,000 feet – that’s a long way to climb.
In order to closely map this unclimbable tower, a professional MMC L4 quadcopter drone was used with the 40 X zoom camera of 8.59MP.
The team manually flew the quadcopter around the tower, with a flight plan consisting of several vertical columns approximately 13 meters away from the tower. MMC L4 quadcopter drone is built to withstand electromagnetic wave interference during operating