Use Cases Infrastructure Inspection
What is the business value of this IoT use case and how is it measured?
Drones make inspections easier and cheaper without disturbing daily traffic. Traditionally, bridge inspections were done with the help of “snooper trucks” – vehicles with a ﬂexible crane to move an inspection engineer alongside and underneath the bridges. The vehicles are expensive to buy and costly to maintain. They also cause massive road obstructions so signs need to be erected and staff allocated to direct trafc – in many cases the bridge must be closed down completely for inspections that can take hours. Consequently, the work was often conducted at night, which made it even harder to detect problems. Using inspection drones allows inspection during daytime hours without causing any disruption. Instead of needing a team of seven to 10 specialists, a bridge can now be inspected by two staﬀ, and in much less time.