Cable and Wireless Testing Drone Technology for Post Hurricane Surveillance
June 1, 2015
As the Caribbean prepares for the upcoming hurricane season, which begins on June 1st, 2015, Cable and Wireless Communications (C&W) has begun to test drone technology that would help expedite network and connectivity restoration in the aftermath of natural disasters such as a hurricane or a tropical storm. The drones would undertake aerial surveillance of communications infrastructure which would effectively eliminate the need for company personnel to conduct dangerous or risky tower climbs in the aftermath of a storm.
The often treacherous conditions that exist after a natural disaster not only make it difficult to assess the physical damage to infrastructure, but can also endanger the field technicians sent to fix the issues. Drones, however, enable quick, safe, and wide-area evaluation of the impact that the hurricane or other natural disaster has on communications infrastructure, therefore enabling C&W's expert engineering staff to move quickly to re-establish connectivity.