For energy companies that need to monitor power lines, inspect oil and gas pipelines, check wind turbines or solar panels for defects, small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) provide a faster, cheaper, safer, and more accurate means of collecting aerial imagery than conventional alternatives including satellites, planes or helicopters.
The following is an excerpt from a New York Times article that highlights projects where Aeryon sUAS have provided aerial imagery and data for energy companies:
Aeryon Labs executives, Sean McCabe, VP Engineering and Ian McDonald, VP Product & Marketing, discuss the growth opportunities for technology companies within Waterloo Region in a recent Reuters article. The following is an excerpt from the printed article:
WATERLOO — There was a time when unmanned aerial robots were the stuff of science fiction, or at least of James Bond and Robert Ludlum. Now, the OPP is using them to photograph accident scenes.
The OPP's Highway Safety Division, which includes the Cambridge detachment that polices the Conestoga Parkway, highways 401 and 7-8 and other major highways in the region, is using two of the sophisticated robots to get a precise, bird's-eye view of serious collisions.
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to test alternative methods for collecting photos and evidence at the scene of traffic accidents on provincial roadways and highways. This article in the Hamilton Spectator describes how the OPP is using UAS in Hamilton and surrounding areas.
When Libyan rebels marched on Tripoli in 2011, a Canadian drone led the way.
The unmanned aircraft, a product of a company called Aeryon Labs based in Waterloo, Ont., sliced slowly over the landscape, mapping the terrain and sending valuable tactical information to the soldiers. Six months later, a similar scene played out in perhaps the polar opposite setting, as an Aeryon craft hummed across the Bering Sea, relaying ice conditions ahead of a Russian tanker dispatched to deliver vital fuel to the town of Nome, Alaska, which had been caught off guard by an early winter.