Robots Solving Climate Change - AlleyWatch

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The two biggest societal challenges for the twenty-first century are also the biggest opportunities – automation and climate change. The epitaph of fossil fuels with its dark cloud burning a hole in the ozone layer is giving way to a rise of solar and wind farms worldwide. Servicing these plantations are fleets of robots and drones, providing greater possibilities of expanding CleanTech to the most remote regions of the planet.


Robots solving climate change

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The two biggest societal challenges for the twenty-first century are also the biggest opportunities – automation and climate change. The epitaph of fossil fuels with its dark cloud burning a hole in the ozone layer is giving way to a rise of solar and wind farms worldwide. Servicing these plantations are fleets of robots and drones, providing greater possibilities of expanding CleanTech to the most remote regions of the planet.


Video Friday: ANYmal in Davos, ISS Robot Upgrade, and WALK-MAN's Soft Hands

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Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!):


Utilities in Europe to use long-distance drones for inspections

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Prototypes of BVLOS drones, so called because they travel "beyond the visual line of sight" of operators, are being tested by Italy's Snam, Europe's largest gas utility, and EDF's network subsidiary, RTE in France. Snam told Reuters they have been doing field-testing with BVLOS drones in the Apennine hills around Genoa. It hopes to have it scouting a 20 kilometer (12.4 miles) stretch of pipeline soon. RTE has also been testing a long-distance drone that have flown 50 kilometers (31 miles) inspecting transmission lines and sending back data that allowed technicians to create a virtual model of a section of the grid. The Ivorian Electricity Company (CIE) is using drones to revolutionise the inspection of its infrastructure SIA KAMBOU, AFP/File At the present time, utilities are using helicopters equipped with cameras for inspecting their power grids, and in some cases use "basic" drones that stay within the sight of operators for inspections.


Drone-scale computing: Streaming AI across the IoT nervous system will power the future - IoT Agenda

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In the United States, around 200,000 manned U.S. general aviation aircraft have been registered over the last 50 years. By contrast, 750,000 unmanned aircraft systems -- aka drones -- have now been registered, including more than 40,000 in the last two weeks of December 2016 alone. It exemplifies the dramatic influx of "things," which carries unprecedented opportunity for digital disruption. They're typically full of sensors, increasingly connected, produce enormous amounts of data and can be the source of newer, smarter business models that touch every industry. For example, in the past decade, wind turbines have quickly evolved from isolated standalone machines to connected, sensor-laden, intelligent devices.