C&W to use drone technology to identify problems after a storm

In a release, the company reminded that the hurricane season begins June 1.

In making a case for the use of this advance technology, CW noted that oftentimes, the treacherous conditions that exist after a natural disaster not only make it difficult to assess the physical damage to infrastructure, but can also endanger the field technicians sent to fix the issues.

Drones, the company said, enable quick, safe, and wide-area evaluation of the impact that the hurricane or other natural disaster has on communications infrastructure, therefore enabling C&W’s expert engineering staff to move quickly to re-establish connectivity.

Group Chief Technology and Information Officer, Carlo Alloni said, “Hurricanes and tropical storms have been known to cause severe damage to telecoms infrastructure in the Caribbean, including our mobile and fibre masts.

“Along with power and water, it is critical that we re-establish communications swiftly in the event that adverse weather conditions cause wide-spread service disruption. With communications as a linchpin for such relief efforts, we take our role in the recovery process very seriously. Adopting this technology will allow us to respond to our customers needs in a better, safer, and faster manner.”

Similar drone surveillance programmes are to be launched in other markets ahead of the hurricane season.

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