This post originally appeared on http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2016/06/11/local-utility-company-uses-drones-to-keep-an-eye-on-its-infrastructure/.
[Editor’s Note: Using the drone replaces having to use a manned helicopter or bucket truck.]
ALLENTOWN (CBS) — A local utility company is using drones to keep an eye on things.
PPL Electric Utilities has two drones that are used when it’s more convenient or safer than putting a worker at risk according to Joe Nixon, a spokesman for the Allentown-based company.
“The drones are used for inspection of line segments, they’re used for if we have an issue in a certain area we’ll take the drone and go check that out, same thing with the substation, we can really get a great view of things without having to use a manned helicopter or a bucket truck,” Nixon said.