Percepto, an Israeli company that develops autonomous inspection by industrial robotics, announced that it has been granted operational approval to fly Percepto autonomous drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) at a site in Australia. The waiver will allow completely remote inspection of the facility, laying the groundwork for many similar waivers for Percepto customers nationally.
In the Australian market, many facilities are in remote locations. As a result, companies are increasingly introducing remote operations to manage, monitor and secure their sites. The approval will also enable high risk sites such as mines and refineries to better manage safety and environmental risks, while increasing productivity and reducing downtime.
"With Percepto gaining this regulatory approval, we see huge possibilities for how autonomous drones can improve remote industrial operations given Australia's wide-open spaces," said Jackie Dujmovic, CEO of Hover UAV and a board member of Safeskies Australia and the Australian Association of Uncrewed Systems.
"It's a game-changer for how managers at critical infrastructure can inspect assets and monitor sites while gaining real-time insights based on collected data faster than ever before. The development is as significant as drones lifting off in Australia for the first time."
Listed in TIME magazine's 100 Best Inventions of 2021, Percepto's AIM platform fully automates visual data workflows from capture to insight, leveraging the Percepto Air drone-in-a-box portfolio, alongside other robots and visual sensors.
Using advanced machine-learning and AI, Percepto AIM provides an end-to-end autonomous inspection and monitoring solution, to assess risk, minimize downtime, drive efficiency, increase safety and reduce operational costs.
Percepto's solutions are trusted by Fortune 500 customers on six continents including Florida Power and Light, Koch Industries, and Verizon.