Drones could be used by NYS utility to inspect wires

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York-based utility is exploring the use of drones to help inspect utility structures and find damaged wires and poles.

Central Hudson Gas & Electric says drones could help find downed poles or wires, especially in remote locations.

The company says in a release the drones have the potential to substantially reduce costs and delays.

The utility is using a DJI Phantom 2 drone as part of its initiative, which is in the research-and-development phase.

The company says it plans to invest more in the program.

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