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02-24-2010 10:51 AM  10 years ago
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erick420

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why cell towers?
this may or may not be a dumb question.
What is the customers incentive to fly aerial photography and take pics of a cell tower. Is it that expensive to send a guy up to climb it and do an inspection or are the guys flying these assignments doing it really cheap. Or is there another purpose behind it?
Just looking for another possible set of customers here in Thailand but with labor costs much lower not sure if it would fly here, (pardon the pun).
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02-24-2010 05:20 PM  10 years ago
efliernz

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My full-time job is with a telecommunications maintenance company.

With cell-site maintenance, the cell must be shut down. In low-coverage areas this can mean a service outage. It is also expensive for the wages of one (or two if you have tough health and safety rules) field maintenance staff to spend seval hours climbing up and checking for corrosion issues on every tower. It can be more cost effective to aerial check some towers.

Saying that, I cannot convince the network owner that aerial shooting is a good adea where I live...
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02-25-2010 04:26 AM  10 years ago
erick420

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so would the pics (video or stills?) need to be really zoomed in. How close to tower do you have to fly? If you are looking for rust i would think you need close shots. If you need to check antenna wiring and waveguides for other oxidation, i would think even closer. And how tall are they most of the time.Beating the air into submission, because we can!
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02-25-2010 01:30 PM  10 years ago
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02-26-2010 12:34 AM  10 years ago
bjelivuk

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I have seen powerline inspection done with PCM, but not with 2.4GHz equipment.
http://www.visualair.co.za/video/industrial/

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