Honeywell, Intel team for InView drone inspection service
Honeywell has launched a new drone inspection service, InView, by teaming with Intel Corp. and using its Falcon 8+ vehicle.
“This collaboration combines Intel’s advanced commercial Intel Falcon 8+ UAV system with Honeywell’s leadership in aerospace safety and connectivity to deliver solutions that deliver reliable, efficient and actionable information to utility and industrial customers,” says Carl Esposito, president, Electronic Solutions, Honeywell Aerospace.
The goal is to provide industrial customers a way to improve their inspections of critical infrastructure while keeping employees out of harm’s way. The InView service can help customers create routine inspections of transmission and distribution systems, and generate data that can be stored, searched and access from offices or in the field.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, utility line workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States, according to the Department of Labor, with 21.5 annual fatalities from high-voltage lines for every 100,000 workers. Using InView, Honeywell says utility companies can use a drone to perform routine inspections of substations, transmission towers and power lines while keeping workers on the ground.
“Through our extensive industrial experience, our customers will also gain access to Honeywell’s customized software and data solutions that will help them log, analyze, and eventually predict or prevent outages and structural failures, while protecting the men and women called upon to complete these crucial but high-risk jobs,” Esposito says.
“We are incredibly pleased to collaborate with Honeywell on this exciting new business opportunity,” says Anil Nanduri, GM of Intel’s UAV business group. “The safety, flight precision and robust performance of the Intel Falcon 8+ system are a perfect fit for the Honeywell InView inspection service and will allow its customers to inspect, collect and analyze valuable data in a whole new way.”
The Falcon 8+ was highlighted at AUVSI Xponential 2017, when Intel demonstrated its use for a mock bridge inspection.
Honeywell and Intel also recently teamed to create a Connected Freight platform, which lets shippers and logistics companies monitor the movement of high-value or perishable goods, helping prevent damage or loss.