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Drone Technology To Help Construction Industry During Winter?
Construction companies as a whole lose up to £265 million each year because of the lack of light during the winter months, according to new research from Direct Line for Business… but it seems there may well be a light at the end of the tunnel to ensure firms stay productive at this time of year.
The organisation is currently running a pilot scheme involving drones – dubbed Fleetlights – where people can call out a fleet of flying torch drones at the touch of a button using an app so they can see wherever they are and whatever they’re doing.
The study found that during the summer last year, those in construction worked an average of 37.9 hours a week. But in the winter between October and March, this fell to 37.2 hours.
Head of Direct Line for Business Matt Boatwright said: “New innovations, such as Fleetlights, which is a prototype service that uses a fleet of flying torch drones, responsive to movement and controlled via a bespoke app, could potentially make the construction industry more productive. Just a few minutes’ extra work per day can have a positive impact on a project, and without the burden of poor light, the construction industry could complete contracts faster and increase their business’s earning potential as a result.”
Offshore lifeboat Caister is currently trialling the new service, with cameras added to drones to provide a bird’s eye view of search and rescue efforts during the day while expanding visibility at night thanks to the torches fitted. Screens can be monitored to see the live feed from these unmanned aerial vehicles.
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