Real-Time On-Board Deep Learning Fault Detection for Autonomous UAV Inspections

Naeem Ayoub*, Peter Schneider-Kamp

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Inspection of high-voltage power lines using unmanned aerial vehicles is an emerging technological alternative to traditional methods. In the Drones4Energy project, we work toward building an autonomous vision-based beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) power line inspection system. In this paper, we present a deep learning-based autonomous vision system to detect faults in power line components. We trained a YOLOv4-tiny architecture-based deep neural network, as it showed prominent results for detecting components with high accuracy. For running such deep learning models in a real-time environment, different single-board devices such as the Raspberry Pi 4, Nvidia Jetson Nano, Nvidia Jetson TX2, and Nvidia Jetson AGX Xavier were used for the experimental evaluation. Our experimental results demonstrated that the proposed approach can be effective and efficient for fully automatic real-time on-board visual power line inspection
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer1091
TidsskriftElectronics
Vol/bind10
Udgave nummer9
Antal sider14
ISSN2079-9292
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2021

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