The gas and electricity company in the American city of San Diego used helicopters to carry its technical crews to extend power lines before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, and this process required the evacuation of about 24 homes for a period of two days, but the continuation of this process during the pandemic was difficult due to the difficulty of finding safe places For the residents after their evacuation, and this prompted the company to rely on an alternative solution, which is to use 300 drones to carry out the mission without the need to evacuate the residents.
The reliance on automation and drone technologies is currently a global trend in many fields, such as agriculture, infrastructure, construction and energy, according to the Observatory of the Future website, while drones have also played an important role in collecting data, capturing videos and photos, and using artificial intelligence in data analysis.
David Benovitz, an expert in the field of drones, said that the US commercial drone fleet grew by 39% between 2018 and 2019, and the number of companies using this technology also increased, and the Covid-19 pandemic stimulated institutions that had already started programs to use aircraft. Unmanned aerial vehicle speeds up, as it has become an essential vehicle for business continuity during the tough times the world has witnessed.
The first months of the pandemic witnessed chaos, confusion and the absence of information about how companies continue to operate, the mechanism of working remotely, and social distancing, and people who work on small pilot programs for drones in companies received requests from other departments to help them.
The Fortune 100’s use of drones to inspect a cooling tower during the pandemic was new evidence of its increasing importance, after the company had previously relied on 15 technicians to carry out this task, and that took about 3-4 weeks and cost exorbitant sums. But the drones carried out the mission in just five days.
What will happen after the pandemic subsides?
The question currently being asked is: Will companies return to their traditional methods and neglect drones after the decline of Covid-19 ?, Benovitz believes that companies, especially those working in the oil and gas sector, will continue to rely on drones because of their higher efficiency and cost savings.
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