First year of drone programme delivers £750k efficiency savings for Severn Trent

In the first year of use since Severn Trent made the strategic decision to invest in the use of drone technology, the water company’s fleet of drones are generating huge savings in time and through improved efficiencies, as well as significant health and safety benefits.

The drone industry expanding at an exponential rate as sectors start to unlock the potential that UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) offer. The utilities industry in particular has embraced the drone revolution – partnering with Commercial Drone Experts COPTRZ has seen Severn Trent make savings of over £750,000 in the first year alone.

In their second year, they are expecting to double this figure, with more savings beyond that. Other utility companies have found similar savings, and this is expected to grow as the technology develops.

By using their UAV drone fleet to carry out the unmanned inspection work, Seven Trent has removed the need for scaffolding, enabling them to save time and increase safety for their staff who no longer need undertake physical inspections.

Duncan Turner, Severn Trent’s Drone Team Lead said:

“It’s been an incredibly exciting time to be involved with UAV’s at Severn Trent. It feels like we are at the forefront of innovation which is unlocking new ways of working within the business using this cutting edge robotics technology. With our customers at the heart of what we do we can pass on the saving making sure our customers’ bills remain low and are helping to keep our water Wonderful on Tap.”

COPTRZ was formed in 2016 and provides specialist services to the commercial UAV market to help businesses to access the benefits of drone technology. COPTRZ are working with some of the largest utilities companies in the UK, including Severn Trent and Thames Water.

Steve Coulson, Founder and Managing Director at COPTRZ, commented:

“It’s great to see more companies seeing the benefit that drone technology can have for them and their business. Not only do they save money, but they also save time and improve safety. This example is only one of many, and I’m sure in the future there will be a huge number of companies that decide to make the small immediate investment, to unlock the huge savings potential moving forward.”

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