SMUD Announces They’ll Be Employing Drones

SMUD Announces They’ll Be Employing Drones


THE POPULARITY OF DRONES CONTINUES TO GROW TONIGHT. TODAY SOME OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED THEY ARE NOW USING DRONES DROUGHT THE SACRAMENTO REGION. KELLY RYAN JOINS US IN THE NEWSROOM WITH HOW THEY WILL USE THEM. THEIR PARTING WITH COMMERCIAL DRONE COMPANIES AND SHOWED OFF TECHNOLOGY TODAY, DESIGNED TO INCREASE SAFETY AND EFFICIENCY. DRONES THIS ONE WILL MONITOR AND ANALYZE ELECTRIC OVERHEAD TRANSMISSION FACILITIES AND VEGETATION RIGHT OF WAYS IN SACRAMENTO AND EL DORADO COUNTIES. SPUD SAYS THE TECHNOLOGY WILL HELP IDENTIFY TREES AND VEGETATION THAT NEED TO BE TRUE THOSE PRUNED OR REMOVED BEFORE STORM SEASON. IT ALSO HELPS IN ROUTINE MAINTENANCE, REDUCING OUTAGES AND HELPING IN FIRE PROTECTION AND PREVENTION. THE DRONES WILL BE USED TO GET A CLEAR IDENTIFICATION OF THE SPECIFIC TREES THAT NEED PRUNING OR REMOVAL. INFRARED PHOTOGRAPHY, WHICH ACTUALLY WILL SHOW US THE HELP OF THE TREES, IT SHOWS A DISEASE OR DYING TREE THAT WILL SHOW UP AS A DIFFERENT COLOR. IT WILL NOTIFY BUSINESSES AND NEARBY RESIDENTS BEFORE THE FLIGHT SAYING PRIVACY AND SAFETY ARE THE MAJOR CONCERNS. UTILITY SAYS THE DRONE TECHNOLOGY WILL COST A LOT LESS THAN CONVENTIONAL MONITORING TYPICALLY GATHERED BY

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