Ilan Segal of Theorem Geo Associates acted as chief designer in an innovative new safety app to help helicoptor pilots detect upcoming wire crossings.

Duke Energy helicopter crews fly over 32,000 miles of power lines at least twice a year to look for overgrown vegetation, broken equipment and anything else that could cause an outage or damage to the grid. The work is hazardous since pilots are usually flying less than 300 feet above the ground at anywhere from 20 to 90 mph.

Obstacles such as wires and cell towers can pop up quickly, obscured by sunlight, shadows and other backgrounds.

Click to read Duke Energy’s article “New technology improves safety in the sky“.