BRIDGETOWN: With less than a week before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season on June 1, Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) has started to test drone technology to help speed up network and connectivity restoration in the aftermath of hurricanes and other natural disasters.
The drones would undertake aerial surveillance of communications infrastructure, effectively eliminating the need for workers to conduct dangerous or risky tower climbs in the aftermath of a storm.
The company explained that while treacherous conditions after a natural disaster make it difficult to assess physical damage to infrastructure and can endanger field technicians sent to fix the issues, drones would enable quick, safe and wide-area evaluation of the impact on communications infrastructure and allow personnel to move quickly to fix the problem.
“Hurricanes and tropical storms have been known to cause severe damage to telecoms infrastructure in the Caribbean, including our mobile and fibre masts,” said Group Chief Technology and Information Officer, Carlo Alloni, in a statement. “Along with power and water, it is critical that we re-establish communications swiftly in the event that adverse weather conditions cause wide-spread service disruption. With communications as a linchpin for such relief efforts, we take our role in the recovery process very seriously.”