Percepto to show how autonomous drones improve inspection, operation security and safety

Source: press release, 10 October 2019

Drone in a box: The use of Percepto’s DIB solution at oil and gas refineries includes automating routine inspections, on-site safety as well as detecting and tracking unauthorised personnel and intruders
Drone in a box: The use of Percepto’s DIB solution at oil and gas refineries includes automating routine inspections, on-site safety as well as detecting and tracking unauthorised personnel and intruders (photo: Percepto)

Percepto, the global market leader for autonomous industrial drone solutions, has announced its participation in AUTOMA 2019 – The Oil & Gas Automation and Digitization Congress. The company will share with key players from the upstream, midstream and downstream segments, real cases of how its artificial intelligence-powered drone-in-a-box (DIB) solution is able to automate inspection, operations, security and safety for organisations operating oil and gas refineries.

The oil and gas sector has been one of the earliest to recognise the potential of autonomous drones and earlier this year the American Petroleum Institute published its Guide to Developing an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program in which it suggests “These systems have the potential to significantly reduce safety risks to personnel, cut operational costs, and increase efficiencies across a variety of tasks.”

These benefits mirror the experience of Percepto’s Chief Commercial Officer, Ariel Avitan, who explains, “Our DIB solution is in use by refineries and energy sites around the world and we are seeing benefits across the board. At one site our drones fly as many as 15 multi-missions per day, all without the need for any human involvement.”

Avitan adds: “A drone can take off and conduct a detailed inspection of a stack or section of pipeline, before returning to its base station to recharge and then flying a perimeter surveillance patrol. What’s more, in an emergency situation a drone can be rapidly diverted from its current mission and dispatched to the scene.”

AUTOMA 2019 takes place 14th – 15th October 2019 in Zurich, Switzerland. For more information about the congress visit: https://automacongress.com.