Survey and Evaluation of Sensors for Overhead Cable Detection using UAVs

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Abstract

Inspecting overhead cables using autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is an affordable and promising future solution for providing a clear picture of the energy infrastructure. However, most of today’s UAVs for powerline inspection are designed to use the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) to follow the power pylons which compromises the detection accuracy. In this paper, we provide an overview of the current state-of-the-art in sensors that can be used to remotely detect power lines using UAVs. The work compares 20+ low-cost, low-power, and light-weight sensors. The performance of 6 different kinds of sensors is evaluated thoroughly in a real outdoor powerline test setup using a custom UAV. The sensor data is obtained and analyzed using Robot Operating System (ROS) and is provided openly.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS 2021
PublisherIEEE
Publication date15. Jun 2021
Pages361-370
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-6654-1535-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15. Jun 2021
Event2021 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS 2021 - Athens, Greece
Duration: 15. Jun 202118. Jun 2021

Conference

Conference2021 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS 2021
Country/TerritoryGreece
CityAthens
Period15/06/202118/06/2021
SeriesProceedings of International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
ISSN2575-7296

Keywords

  • Sensors
  • UAVs
  • Powerlines
  • Inspection
  • Survey

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