A Bird’s Eye View of AT&T’s Drone Inspection Program | AT&T


(music) DRONE OPERATOR: Camera bird’s off your left. Well clear. Call me above the trees. ART: Today we’re flying a drone here at a cell tower and providing a live video feed. TECHNICIAN: The UMTS cable plus the other small cables appear to be red cable – let’s get a picture of those please. DRONE OPERATOR: Yes, sir. Those boxes mounted up there on an angle. Might have to get them from the side. MICHAEL: We are feeding the video that the drone is taking on the tower top to the technician’s desktop in his office where he can actually see what’s going on. TONY: It enables a technician to communicate directly with the pilot in order to look specifically at an object or deficiency in real time. MICHAEL: It’s pretty remarkable technology today and it’s getting better. ART: Every time that we fly a drone instead of sending a tower crew up a tower, we remove an instance or a possibility for an injury. MICHAEL: We are able to identify what needs to be fixed so when we do send a tower crew to the site, they know exactly what they need to do, they’ll have the correct equipment. ART: It saves time. For example, today, with a live video feed the customer is provided with the information on a real-time basis. The information also tends to be more accurate. MICHAEL: We’re able to see things today that we weren’t able to see from the ground. We can inspect things from different angles and get different perspectives, take life photos. ART: This is exciting. We’re in the infancy of drone use in the commercial sector. You might want to say drones are just taking off and the sky’s the limit. TONY: We are at the forefront of a brand new industry and it’s very exciting. ART: As the drone industry is evolving, the robotics industry is also evolving. Artificial intelligence is evolving. At some point you can see all of these coming together in a very interesting man-machine relationship. MICHAEL: We don’t even know what we’re going to be doing tomorrow until we begin to see it appear and then discover ways to use it. (sonic logo)

15 thoughts on “A Bird’s Eye View of AT&T’s Drone Inspection Program | AT&T

  1. ugh I have an Samsung galaxy s6 edge I really want to upgrade to a iPhone 6 ive had this phone since 4 months but this was atcully my dads phone he got it in September so its been techinlly 11 months

  2. DJI manual clearly states to stay away from cell towers, electromagnetic and metallic stuff to avoid interference. the guy flew the quad directly towards the antenna in the vid. is there something different with his quad???

  3. Cool technology.  Useful information.  SAFETY is important.  Privacy is not the victim when there are lives and money to be saved with newer ways to do a dangerous task.  This kind of technology also creates jobs.  Who is really afraid of saving money, saving lives, and creating work for technicians or inventors in this new direction?

  4. In Spain, airevisual.es are ready to do that kind of surveys and inspections for all telecom operators and engineerings.

  5. So it looks like more an advertisement for AT&T Internet bandwidth because tower inspection like that is pretty stupid. These days companies use software called Pix4D which takes Hi-res images from different angles of the tower and then reconstructs them so you can have a proper look at them offline in your office.

    Also, there is no way that guy in the office is receiving the video with "No" delay. We are talking about full HD (or even 4K) over a crappy channel.

  6. Come to test are atat tower pittsford mi 49271 try and fix the spotty conn for us I'm a mile away and get 66 db all the way up to 112 db for a Sig No also we get dropped calls on the speed that' fine down is 60 up is 16 but pings go fro 80 to 500 pings atat says everything' fine mabey the tower needs a upgreads I don' now plus look into this for us pittsford mi 49271

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