This is an excerpt of an article I wrote for Verizon’s Fourth Industrial Revolution initiative. Read the rest of the article here.

In February 2018, Corey Hitchcock traveled to Puerto Rico to assist crews from Georgia Power, Alabama Power and Mississippi power companies with power restoration efforts following the island’s devastation from Hurricane Maria.

This time, Hitchcock and UAS Pilots from Alabama Power and Georgia Power did something different. Together, they used drones to pull 72,000 feet of rope for conductor wire, saving weeks of time and an estimated $5.3 million. “Simply put, UAS got the lights on months faster,” Hitchcock said. “The traditional method for repairing downed wires was to shoot a pilot rope over a tower with a potato gun.”

But even for a company as forward-thinking as Southern Company, drones today are still one of many tools to get the job done – a cheaper, faster, safer and definitely cooler way to accomplish the same old tasks. 5G will change that.


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