Neurala Inc., which is developing visual inspections software powered by artificial intelligence, today announced that it is working with drone service provider AviSight Inc. to support drone inspections of physical infrastructure.
AviSight’s Live Look Fault Vision inspection system will be integrated with Neurala’s software to flag potential issues in infrastructure that includes areas such as oil and gas pipelines, wind turbines, and cell and electrical towers, the companies said in a statement.
Neurala said that with the partnership, the company can provide “end-to-end service to inspection customers” looking for a complete solution for drone-based inspections, which include beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations.
“Neurala’s technology is the backbone of our Live Look Fault Vision software platform,” stated J.B. Bernstein, CEO at AviSight. “The speed and accuracy with which Neurala’s AI learns enables us to identify more faults for our critical infrastructure clients before they cause damage to property and injuries to people. The solution has already been deployed in several customer engagements with tremendous results, and there’s no way to underestimate the long-term impact this will have on inspection safety as well as reductions to these companies’ environmental footprints.”
Shifting from reactive to preventive
AviSight manages the entire data collection, curation, and processing workflow in unmanned industrial inspections, which allows companies to shift from reactive maintenance to preventive maintenance, the company said. In addition to cost savings, the company said its offerings “exponentially increases safety in industrial inspections.”
The Neurala technology allows customers to build an AI solution that is suited to their unique data and requirements, the company said. This includes things such as identifying incursions onto pipeline right of ways, defects and corrosion in electrical infrastructure, or automating asset inventory processes. Neurala added that adding the AI to the platform will automate the inspection process, and reduce the amount of data that must be reviewed by inspectors, further reducing costs, improving productivity and speeding remediation activities.
“We are delighted to be working with AviSight to address the challenge of industrial inspections,” said Massimiliano (Max) Versace, co-founder and CEO of Neurala. “There is nothing more important that workers’ safety, so we are more than happy to be doing our part to ensure that inspections can be conducted in both a timely and safe manner. We look forward to continuing our work with AviSight to innovate drone inspections and enable their customers to proactively identify problems with critical infrastructure.”
Neurala said its technology has been deployed on 53 million devices globally, with customers in the industrial, drone, robotics, and smart device sectors. The company developed Brain Builder, a software-as-a-service platform that reduces the time, cost, and skills required to build and maintain custom vision AI solutions.