Across the U.S., there are 3,000 incidents of utility poles catching fire each year, many of which are caused by leakages and damages to a pole that went unaddressed for too long. Such damages can be hugely expensive when not dealt with: The average cost of a pole fire on a distribution line is $25,000. But it’s not just money that’s saved when pole fires are avoided — it’s lives and homes, too.
The energy company wanted to leverage AI technologies to enhance their equipment management, customer service and cost management. The idea was, using the AI and Drone technologies to avoid such above mentioned wildfires and the related damage.
The customer asked ThirdEye to build an AI model to build a fully-functional predictive maintenance system that can process thousands of electric pole images per day, identify and report defects, anomalies and potential hazards, then, utility maintenance teams can proactively address problems before they spark and potentially turn into fires.