Enabling remote inspections with Blueye underwater drones
During the COVID-19 lockdown in Norway, we've learned how some industries are critical for our society to keep it together. In addition to health care systems and medicine, supply of food, water and energy are critically important to keep things running "as usual". Inspecting water pipes and supervise farmed fish to secure their health is still important to take care of.
The Blueye live stream solution enables the ROV operator to stream live video feed from the Blueye App to the internet via his or hers iOS or Android device. This requires only one person with a drone on site, and provides a quick way to make decisions. The ROV pilot does not need to have much knowledge of what they're looking at as he or she can involve decision makers or experts in real time by live video broadcasted over the internet.
For industries such as fish farming and maritime, this means that even though some of their staff are unable to travel to location, they can follow a broadcast of an inspection in real time online. Watching real time opens up for experts to comment and give directions to the pilot, which enables quicker decision making which can save critical time and cost.
Tested with 1500 simultaneous remote viewers
Even though we made the live stream feature public before we can Blueye-approve 100%, we decided to give it a real good try together with our local newspaper Adresseavisen. During these difficult times our community are struggling with, it felt nice to give people sitting at home a break and something interesting to watch below the surface - while we could also test our setup at a large scale. At one point during the stream we even had 1500 remote viewers, without any major hickups!