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Juniper Unmanned Partners with eSmart Systems to Advance Utility Inspections with UAS and AI Technology
June 5, 2019
Juniper Unmanned, Inc., a Colorado-based remote sensing and analytics integrator for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) announced a partnership with eSmart Systems, a Norway-based provider of Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform and data management solution for utilities.
The partnership aims to capitalize on the combination of Juniper Unmanned’s expertise for producing high-quality data combined with eSmart Systems’ AI platform Connected Drone®, powered by Microsoft® Azure to improve utility companies’ detailed inspections by providing actionable intelligence downstream. Juniper Unmanned provides enhanced LiDAR and photogrammetric services to a number of markets, including utilities, transportation, oil & gas, and AEC. “Successful analysis must begin with high quality, interpretable images. We have found that Juniper Unmanned consistently delivers outstanding imagery and LiDAR data,” said Knut Gustavsen, President & CEO for North America. Also, Juniper has been providing UAS enablement services to customers. eSmart specializes in AI for utilities, including image recognition to catalog and review infrastructure components to make more informed decisions for transmission and distribution (T&D) assets and their related environments. “We’ve had the opportunity to work with eSmart before and we felt it was a great strategic fit,” said Brian Soliday, Chief Revenue Officer of Juniper Unmanned. “We’ve found that even the most advanced AI routines require high quality data for detecting anomalies, like missing or damaged equipment, and to support critical observations needed for NESC (National Electric Safety Code) violations, which can be detected via the eSmart applications.”
“Our software helps utilities reduce power line inspections times, decrease power outage durations, and improve line worker safety. We use AI coupled with Internet of Things (IoT) to automatically detect and analyze defects on a utility power line, analyzing 200K images per hour vs. 50K images per year with traditional manual processes, said Knut Gustavsen, President & CEO for North America.
Juniper Unmanned has really been there when we’ve needed them to be and stepped up and far exceeded our expectations. They understand the customer requirements in the utility segment and are the UAS data experts. Juniper has a continuous commitment to adding to their acquisition, sensor fleet, and data processing capabilities”
About eSmart Systems
eSmart Systems builds and delivers the next generation software solutions for inspections of powerlines, grid maintenance planning and energy flexibility optimization. We target utilities worldwide and offer reduced costs and prolonged asset life with the use of our AI-powered solutions. The company was founded in 2012 and consists of nearly 80 employees located in Norway (HQ), US, UK and Denmark.
About Juniper Unmanned
Based in beautiful Golden, Colorado, Juniper Unmanned, Inc. provides premier unmanned aircraft systems solutions for commercial, federal, and local/regional/state government organizations. The company integrates best-in-class sensing and analytics technologies. When combined with Juniper’s engineered processes, advanced software, and analytics, clients receive unparalleled data and actionable intelligence to improve their business. Clients trust Juniper Unmanned’s advanced sensing and analytics solutions to deliver unparalleled excellence in data collection, data processing and enablement services across a wide range of industries.