Percepto’s Waiver: First of its Kind
by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby
Leading autonomous inspection and monitoring solution provider Percepto announced that it has been granted a nationwide Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) waiver by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
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This first-of-its-kind approval will enable US-based Percepto customers to remotely operate drones, provided that their sites meet all of the waiver’s criteria. Percepto’s automated drone-in-a-box solution detects infrastructure problems, allowing for faster response times and increased efficiency, and is regularly deployed by electric utilities, oil & gas, solar power stations and mining operations.
The new waiver will enable the Percepto system to be remotely operated at qualifying sites across the country, granting a greater degree of safety, effectiveness and ease of use, while foregoing the need to wait for site specific BVLOS approvals. Percepto customers will be able to receive actionable insights immediately via Percepto’s drone-in-a-box for inspection and monitoring. In addition, Percepto grants the ability to centrally control drone-in-a-box fleets at multiple sites.
“We are very excited by the possibilities this national BVLOS waiver presents to our operations partners. This change helps us extract more value from an already important operations system,” said Koch Ag and Energy Solutions LLC. Operations Enablement Leader Tim Shanfelt. “Percepto’s national BVLOS waiver will enable expansion of our automated drone inspection and monitoring without the wait for site specific FAA approvals. The achievement further positions Percepto as the industry leader for monitoring critical infrastructure, and serves as a catalyst to making automated drone inspection and monitoring a part of mainstream industrial practices.”
“Obtaining this waiver marks a significant milestone in our longstanding vision to provide remote inspections and operations at industrial facilities, particularly at isolated locations, with much greater efficiency and safety,” said Ariel Avitan, Percepto Co-founder and CCO. “Percepto makes it easier than ever for governments and businesses across the U.S. to implement automated drone operations, and unleash the true potential of AI-powered inspections.”
“This groundbreaking approval enables Percepto to scale BVLOS operations at customer sites nationwide,” said Neta Gliksman, Percepto Policy & Government Affairs VP. “We are grateful for the FAA’s review and timely approval of our safety case, and we look forward to continuing to work with US regulators to bring the benefits of this amazing technology to the American people.”
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Ian attended Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now contributing to DroneLife as a staff writer.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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