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A Drone Based Transmission Line Components Inspection System with Deep Learning Technique

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Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Sogang University, 35 Baekbeom-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul 04107, Korea
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Department of Electronic Engineering, NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi-75270, Pakistan
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Energies 2020, 13(13), 3348; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13133348
Received: 12 June 2020 / Revised: 26 June 2020 / Accepted: 28 June 2020 / Published: 30 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Electrical Power and Energy System)
Defects in high voltage transmission line components such as cracked insulators, broken wires rope, and corroded power line joints, are very common due to continuous exposure of these components to harsh environmental conditions. Consequently, they pose a great threat to humans and the environment. This paper presents a real-time aerial power line inspection system that aims to detect power line components such as insulators (polymer and porcelain), splitters, damper-weights, power lines, and then analyze these transmission line components for potential defects. The proposed system employs a deep learning-based framework using Jetson TX2 embedded platform for the real-time detection and localization of these components from a live video captured by remote-controlled drone. The detected components are then analyzed using novel defect detection algorithms, presented in this paper. Results show that the proposed detection and localization system is robust against highly cluttered environment, while the proposed defect analyzer outperforms similar researches in terms of defect detection precision and recall. With the help of the proposed system automatic defect analyzing system, manual inspection time can be reduced. View Full-Text
Keywords: deep learning; Convolutional Neural Networks; HV transmission line components; digital image processing; defect analysis; corrosion; power line detection; electrical safety deep learning; Convolutional Neural Networks; HV transmission line components; digital image processing; defect analysis; corrosion; power line detection; electrical safety
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Siddiqui, Z.A.; Park, U. A Drone Based Transmission Line Components Inspection System with Deep Learning Technique. Energies 2020, 13, 3348.

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