Percepto Pioneers Groundbreaking Regulations for Using Automated Drones to Monitor Electric Power Stations in Canada

Percepto, the Premier Provider of Autonomous Inspection and Monitoring Solutions, Receives Approval from Transport Canada for BVLOS Drone Operations at Ontario Power Generation. A Groundbreaking Milestone in Canada, the Approval Marks a Significant Step Forward in Providing Safe and Reliable Remote Inspections at Power Generation Facilities.

Percepto, in partnership with Rocky Mountain Unmanned Systems and their GM Kevin Toderal, announced today that Transport Canada has approved Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to operate Percepto’s drone-in-a-box solution Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) at McConnell Lake Control Dam without a visual observer on site, making this the first such approval in Canada. The Percepto Air Max autonomous drone-in-a-box has been granted a BVLOS Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) to perform remote inspections in a pilot project starting this month.

This groundbreaking development lays the foundation for similar highly-automated BVLOS SFOCs for other Percepto customers in Canada and enables OPG to remotely and frequently inspect their power facility with actionable insights, and potentially centralize drone-in-a-box fleet operations at multiple sites. Percepto recently achieved a nationwide BVLOS waiver in the U.S., allowing qualified customers to immediately gain actionable insights from remotely operated drones.

The ruggedized Percepto drone-in-a-box has already been deployed by several electric utilities to monitor power grid infrastructure, detecting problems quickly and restoring power faster after storms or other disasters. With Percepto’s Autonomous Inspection and Monitoring (AIM) solution, drone operations will be coordinated on a single platform, providing maximum site coverage, increased safety, efficiency, and ease of operation.

“This certificate is a significant milestone in Canada and aligns with Percepto’s mission to provide safe and reliable critical infrastructure,” said Neta Gliksman, VP of Policy & Government Affairs at Percepto. “We look forward to working with Transport Canada to bring autonomous drone technology to power stations and other critical infrastructure across the country.”

As Canadian power utilities strive to make their power grid and stations as resilient as possible, Percepto’s technology offers new operational and infrastructure insights. Tim Trebilcock, Senior Information System Specialist at Ontario Power Generation, said, “We are excited to explore the benefits of this technology at McConnell Lake Control Dam and hope it will assist us in ensuring asset integrity and reliable electricity generation for Ontarians.”

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