Drones will be used to help restore mobile networks

SKY-HIGH EYE: Neville Shepheard from Telstra, a CASA-licensed pilot, with his company Solo 3DR drone on top of Willans Hill. Picture Kieren L. Tilly
SKY-HIGH EYE: Neville Shepheard from Telstra, a CASA-licensed pilot, with his company Solo 3DR drone on top of Willans Hill. Picture Kieren L. Tilly

Drone technology could help restore mobile services in disaster-hit communities more rapidly and safely after bushfires.

Telstra area general manager Chris Taylor, said the “eye in the sky” would enable technicians to inspect local mobile base stations quickly and safely.

“Using drones will significantly improve the safety of our employees and lead to more efficient work,” Mr Taylor said.

“Previously we have had to hire cherry pickers or cranes to get employees high enough to inspect equipment or check line-of-sight readings when assessing sites for new mobile phone base stations.”

Mr Taylor said the drones mean this work can be done more easily. If new parts and equipment need to be ordered, this can be done immediately from the ground.

The 3D robotics solo drones can fly up to 120 metres high and are fitted with sophisticated cameras

“The quicker we can check potential damage, the quicker we can fix it and get customers’ services up and running again.”

Neville Shepheard from Telstra, a CASA-licensed pilot, with his company Solo 3DR drone.

Neville Shepheard from Telstra, a CASA-licensed pilot, with his company Solo 3DR drone.