Rail safety requires that railways be inspected thoroughly and on a regular basis in order to detect problematic or defective tracks that could lead to train derailments. With hundreds of thousands of miles in length, using manned solutions for the purpose of inspecting railroad tracks can be a very costly and at times inconvenient endeavour, especially when the railroad tracks are located in isolated or remote areas, away from major population centres. Conducting frequent railroad track inspections necessary to ensure their safe operation can be difficult or impossible in light of the costs associated with traditional railroad track inspections. Moreover, railroad track inspections can pose many risks to the safety and well-being of rail inspectors: poisonous snakes, toxic vegetation, harmful insects are but a few examples of the risks that face railway inspectors. Aside from railroad track inspections, drones/UAVs can also effectively and efficiently be used for monitoring purposes, for instance, for conducting surveillance along railroad tracks to deter and/or prevent trespassers. Industrial/infrastructure drones/UAVs offer a solution to many of the aforementioned issues.
BENEFITS OF DRONES AS A SOLUTION FOR RAILWAY INSPECTIONS
Industrial drones for sale at Skynex Industrial Drones offer a variety of different solutions that are perfectly adaptable for the purpose of conducting railway inspections. Drones/UAVs available for purchase at Skynex Industrial Drones offer customizable payload solutions, allowing users to choose the imagine solution or solutions that are most suitable for the purpose of conducting railway inspections. Imaging solution range from 4K ultra-high definition drone cameras with powerful zoom capabilities, to heat/thermal imaging cameras, to high-precision laser-based profiling ("LIDAR"), and much more. Drones/UAVs are capable of flying at lower altitudes, allowing them to conduct effective, detailed railroad track inspections. Drones/UAVs for sale at Skynex Industrial Drones also offer prolonged flight times and extended control ranges that go far and beyond "visual line of sight" navigation. Autonomous flight modes, such as waypoint flight trajectory planning, allow operators to focus more on the railroad track inspection than on the flight and navigation of the drone.
Reliable: collect highly accurate, precise railway inspection data from your drone/UAV.
Efficient: conduct rail inspections within less time than is normally required.
Safe: conduct rail inspections remotely, and safely.
INVESTING IN YOUR OWN FLEET OF INFRASTRUCTURE INSPECTIONS DRONES
Investing in your own autonomous fleet of industrial drones/UAVs for the purpose of conducting infrastructure inspections, such as railway inspections, offers many significant benefits over hiring third party drone operators. Industrial drones/UAVs often feature autonomous/intelligent flight modes that facilitate their operation. This includes infrared obstacle avoidance sensors, auto take-off and landing, waypoint flight, and more. These and other features allow the user to focus more on the inspection at hand rather than on operating the drone. Being able to carry out your own drone inspections means significant short and long-term cost savings, as well as the ability to perform railway inspections according to your own personal requirements, at any time, and as frequently as is necessary to maintain safe railway tracks. Industrial drones suitable for railway inspections can easily be used and deployed for a wide range of other useful purposes.
ROI: rail inspection drone/UAV ownership means significant cost savings.
Flexibility: conduct railway inspections as frequently as is necessary.
Versatile: use and deploy railway inspection drone/UAV for other industrial purposes.
Customized: perform railway drone inspections according to your own requirements.
KEY DRONE FEATURES FOR RAILWAY INSPECTIONS
Flight/Battery Time: if purchasing a drone/UAV solution for the purpose of conducting railway inspections, buyers will want to consider the total flight/battery time offered by each drone before making a decision as to what industrial drone to purchase for the purpose of conducting a railway inspection. As an alternative to choosing a UAV/drone that offers extended flight times, buyers can consider purchasing extra batteries for their drone/UAV.
Drone Camera & Gimbal: another critical feature to consider when purchasing an industrial drone for the purpose of conducting railway and other infrastructure inspections is the drone's camera capabilities. Buyers will want to give preference to drones/UAVs that offer ultra-high definition (UHD) video camera capability with zoom capability, as well as interchangeable imaging solutions, such as thermal imaging or LIDAR, all of which allow for highly detailed, precise aerial drone inspections.
Control Range: buyers looking to invest in an industrial UAV/drone for the purpose of conducting railway inspections will want to consider choosing a drone/UAV that offers a longer control range. Railways extend for hundreds of thousands of miles. The long a drone's control range, the more of the railway track the drone/UAV can inspect, and the more helpful it becomes to conducting inspections. While most industrial drones offer long control ranges, some offer extended control ranges.
Intelligent Flight Modes: buyers looking to invest in an industrial UAV/drone solution for conducting railway inspections will also want to consider whether the drone offers intelligent, autonomous flight modes, such as waypoint flight planning (whereby the drone flies autonomously according to a pre-planned flight trajectory. These and other types of intelligent flight features allows the operator to focus more carefully on completing the inspection or monitoring mission.