Collect & analyze data on distribution assets at scale
Supplement existing fleet vehicles with proprietary computer vision AI to automatically identify equipment defects, inventory components & more.
The distribution grid is really difficult to manage
There are 185 million electric distribution poles in the United States and they are notoriously difficult to manage. Due to the sheer size of the grid, it's extremely difficult for utilities to know exactly where distribution poles are, what’s on them and what condition they are in. Why? Because collecting and analyzing the data necessary to answer these questions is currently a slow, manual and costly process - often done by sending out dedicated crews and trucks with binoculars, cameras and paper forms. This process is expensive, difficult to scale, and it doesn’t adequately mitigate risks related to grid reliability, resiliency and safety.
Noteworthy Inspector: increased situational awareness, lower O&M costs
Noteworthy AI's solution, Inspector, reduces the need to mobilize dedicated inspection teams and mitigates risk at-scale while reducing cost. The Inspector hardware sensors and AI edge processing arrays mount on existing fleet vehicles to automatically geolocate, inventory and identify defects during routine vehicle operations with virtually no impact on the crew.
Use existing fleet vehicles to inspect and inventory assets in the field.
Expedite the analysis of asset inspection imagery at a low cost in the Cloud.
Increase the reliability, resilience & safety of the distribution grid
increase in grid coverage
reduction in O&M costs
Enable infrastructure intelligence across a variety of use cases
Inspector can significantly accelerate distribution asset data collection and analysis while reducing O&M costs across multiple use cases.
Automatically inventory pole components such as insulators, cutouts, transformers, lightning arresters, and pole composition, while capturing the geographic coordinates of each pole.
Automatically identify defects in pole equipment such as leaking and corroded transformers, broken lightning arresters, pole damage and more.
3rd Party Attachments
Identify and track equipment from 3rd party pole attachers. Measure distances to ensure compliance to NESC clearance requirements.
Quickly identify areas with extensive overgrowth to enable proactive pruning and maintenance procedures to minimize outage risk.
Digitize and confirm wattage, serial numbers and other information against existing databases. Assess condition and function of attached lighting components.
Inspector leverages NVIDIA and Dell technologies for real-time asset inspection
We work closely with Dell Technologies and NVIDIA to enable distribution grid inspection using computer vision, edge computing, geospatial databases, and AI. Read our whitepaper to learn more about how we utilize partner technologies to help FirstEnergy collect asset data in a cost-effective and scalable way.