Honeywell has launched a commercial infrastructure inspection service using Intel’s Falcon 8+ industrial drone. Called “InView,’ the service package includes the quadcopter, a pilot app and a customizable web portal that allows customers to create standardized routine and crisis-response inspections.

With experience in markets including utilities, building management and oil and gas, Honeywell is also offering software to help customers log, analyze and eventually predict or prevent outages and structural failures, said Carl Esposito, president of Honeywell Aerospace’s Electronic Solutions division.

The company said robotic inspection of infrastructure such as transmission towers and high-voltage lines is expected to improve safety, increase efficiency by creating standardized inspections, and enable the vast quantities of data collected to be synthesized into actionable information.  The new service follows on the heels of several such offerings from other large corporate entities. In June, General Electric launched Avitas Systems to provide robotic inspections using artificial intelligence to automatically recognize defects in infrastructure including transmission towers, power lines, pipelines and refineries.

Boeing’s unmanned-aircraft subsidiary Insitu in May launched Inexa Solutions to provide commercial aerial-remote-sensing services, including inspection of linear infrastructure such as pipelines, power lines and railway tracks. Also in May, Airbus Aerial, a new U.S.-based subsidiary, announced plans to combine commercial satellite and airborne remote sensing to provide data collection and analysis for large customers. The unit provided free imagery to insurers assessing damage following Hurricane Harvey’s battering of Texas.  This marks “the first time data from drones, manned aircraft and satellites are being fused in one location to give a clearer overall picture of the impacted areas,” the company said. The goal is to speed the processing of claims by prioritizing the hardest-hit areas.