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Duke Energy Used Computer Vision, Robots to Cut Costs by $74 Million

By VentureBeat

July 29, 2021

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Bonnie Titone at Duke Energy said the U.S. utility company has slashed its labor costs by more than $74 million via emerging artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning solutions, including computer vision and robots.

Titone said the company's AI efforts led to the deployment of computer vision, and later drones, to inspect solar farms.

She said thousands of drone images were combined with computer vision, enabling technicians to more safely check for faults and other issues.

Duke Energy then developed a Mobile Observation Vehicle and Equipment Solutions model to collect and process drone data and imagery and identify faults in minutes, and the latest model used in inspections achieved 91% accuracy.

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