Cellular Towers and Sites
Cellular towers and cellular sites from an engineering and aerial visualization standpoint, are more complex than other types of non-private infrastructure. Typically larger cellular sites can have hundreds of components, dense directional wiring and in some cases dedicated generators. Cellular sites are commonly co-located with other easement holders on private and public land. Tower climbers or personnel in lifts working at heights will be not dispensable asset inspectors in the near future. Nonetheless, drone inspections can reduce the frequency of manned physical inspections and are a valuable tool in the provider’s tool box. Drones thereby mitigate risk, are more efficient than traditional visual inspection methods and provide the added benefit of increasing ROI. Drones have the ability to provide high resolution RGB stills, video and 3D modeling for baseline or legacy imagery and thereafter imagery throughout the service life of the asset.
Cellular towers are oftentimes in difficult or distant terrain. Physical access to tower locations is not always guaranteed. The utilization of drones helps to alleviate access issues. If a cellular site goes down after a forest fire or other calamity, drone operators can be dispatched to determine if it is a service fix or complete destruction of the structure thereby preserving man hours and resources. Drones are more likely to obtain access to denied and inhospitable ground areas.