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FPL will use drones, robots to get your power back faster in a hurricane

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. – Up in the air, on the ground and ahead of the curve.

Florida Power & Light gave Local 10 News a look at some of its newest technology to make sure that when the power goes out this hurricane season, it won’t go out for long.

“The technology is a game-changer,” FPL CEO Eric Silagy said at the company’s command center in Riviera Beach.

He says they’re always looking at ways to use new technology to make restoration quick.

“We’ll also have people on the ground, but we’re going to be pushing the technology on how we can do this, so we can get out there even faster,” Silagy said. “Speed is everything.”

That includes the use of drones, which can replace “a lot of walking, a lot of driving, a lot of climbing poles” that was necessary in the past, said Michael Dorr, FPL’s senior drone pilot.

He showed us what’s already in the air and also one they’re getting ready to launch.

“What you see here is our Percepto Sparrow System, which we call…

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Source: www.local10.com