|Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), the largest publicly listed utility company in Southeast Asia, has pioneered the use of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for its operations. Recognizing that conventional visual and condition-based inspection methods lead to inefficiencies and lower data inspection quality, it decided to implement the UAV. Controlled remotely and operating autonomously, the UAV eases inspection work and allows quick and accurate retrieval of data. Integrated with a Geographical Information System (GIS), it acts as a data collector and verification tool through visual and thermal inspection, aerial and route surveying, fault location, slope monitoring, 3D mapping, and safety surveillance, among others.|
Capitalizing on the strength of artificial intelligence (AI) and drone technology, Tenaga Nasional Berhad sets pre-programmed flight plans for the UAV, captures data in a centralized repository, and conducts thorough analyses to produce comprehensive reports. A safer and more efficient solution, the UAV minimizes risks and offers faster deployment and operation. With its adoption in TNB, productivity and performance rates have improved by 80% and inspection costs have been reduced by over MYR 60 million per year.