Percepto is a company that makes solutions for autonomous inspection and monitoring. They have made a “drone-in-a-box” solution that Transport Canada has approved as the first of its kind.

The automated drones from Percepto will be used to monitor the McConnell Lake Control Dam, which is owned and operated by Ontario Power Generation Inc.

A Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) was issued for the autonomous Percepto Air Max drone-in-a-box that was provided by Rocky Mountain Unmanned Systems and their General Manager Kevin Toderal in order to carry out remote inspections as part of a pilot project that will begin later this month.

The announcement comes not long after Percepto was granted a nationwide BVLOS waiver in the United States. This waiver makes it possible for qualifying Percepto clients to rapidly get actionable data from drones that are remotely flown.

Other electric utilities have begun using the automated…