The use of drones in India seems to finally be moving past the recreational uses by individuals and surveillance by law enforcers and towards real business applications, such as Cairn Vedanta’s use of unmanned drones to survey its hard-to-reach oil and gas pipelines.
In an interview to The Hindu, Cairn Vedanta Oil and Gas’s Chief Operating Officer Suniti Bhat said the company was moving towards using drones as they were much cheaper, more effective, safer and saved more time than using helicopters or foot patrols.
“Ensuring safety and security of the pipeline has always been the biggest challenge for pipeline operators,” Ms. Bhat said. “Statistics suggest that approximately 60-70% of pipeline incidents are caused by third-party intrusion activities and so, a continuous or periodic surveillance of the right of use is the most effective deterrent for such activities.” Read More
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