Percepto, a leading provider of autonomous industrial drone solutions, announced this week that it has gained Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLoS) approval at the ICL Dead Sea site in Israel, reports innovateenergynow.com.
A waiver granted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel is enabling ICL Dead Sea, a leading global speciality potash, mineral and chemicals company, to extend its use of Percepto’s drone-in-a-box solution (DIB) to carry out inspection, safety and security missions at its operations at the Dead Sea site.
Earlier this year, a Percepto client, Florida Power and Light, a leading power company, had been authorised by the FAA in the U.S. to fly Percepto’s drones BVLoS within a range of up to two miles.
Shay Hen, ICL Dead Sea drone program manager, commented, “ICL Dead Sea is the first Israeli company to benefit from this BVLoS waiver. This enables us to monitor and secure our site in the most efficient way possible.”
With no operator required to maintain physical line of sight, the control room can easily manage and monitor pre-scheduled fully autonomous drone missions. These flights include routine maintenance and thorough inspections of infrastructure, equipment, site and environment for anomaly detection, analysis of trends, and insight-led business decision-making.
CEO of Percepto, Dor Abuhasira, explains, “The ability to fly autonomous drones BVLoS enables organisations to increase the frequency of their inspections, especially in remote, vast and inhospitable environments. A single operator can manage a wide and diverse range of missions using one familiar secure online interface, from anywhere.”
This has become an important issue as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Dor continues, “If travel restrictions or ill-health prevents workers who carry out inspections from being on site, it can quickly impact productivity, safety and security.” Adding, “ Our drones can ensure essential inspection works continue uninterrupted around the clock.”
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