Despite the hoopla generated by Amazon’s announcement that it would like to deliver parcels by drone at some point, the most successful initial application of the technology has been much more humdrum.
I have written a few times recently about the growing use of drones to provide monitoring services, whether it’s to help navigate the oceans, monitor glaciers or even entire ecosystems. Indeed, a recent project in the US has been using drones to track the gas leakage from drone sites.
A similar application has been used by utility companies to check on the functioning of their network. The Electric Power Research Institute recently held a workshop, for instance, to help utilities choose drones for the maintenance of power lines.