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Exclusive | Understanding Tata Power's drone plans to maintain power lines, prevent thefts

As it plans to launch full scale operations, Tata Power has raised questions over the lack of privacy guidelines, quality of India-made drones

June 11, 2022 / 08:16 AM IST
A drone pilot operating a drone for maintenance of transmission lines as part of a pilot project taken by Tata Power

A drone pilot operating a drone for maintenance of transmission lines as part of a pilot project taken by Tata Power

 
 
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After undertaking proof of concept for over five months, Tata Power is gearing up to start full-fledged drone operations for maintaining power lines, checking on theft of lines, remote power meter reading, and so on.

Apart from buying its own drones, the company plans to develop its in-house drone infrastructure with a dedicated AI-based data analytics module and appointing its own drone pilots, Kiran Gupta, the CEO and executive director of Powerlinks Transmission, told Moneycontrol.

Powerlinks Transmission is a joint venture between Tata Power and Power Grid Corporation of India.

However, Tata Power is still concerned about adopting Indian-made drones over foreign-made ones citing quality issues. Gupta also highlighted privacy and other policy-related issues that may arise as a result of such operations, and delays arising out of the DigitalSky platform under the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, and wants the government to address them.