Verizon monitors infrastructure during wildfires remotely with Percepto

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“Innovations in airborne technology have enhanced our ability to inspect our sites without putting engineers in harm’s way, and provide our first responders with reliable communications.“
– Rima Qureshi, Chief Strategy Officer, Verizon

The challenge: provide high-quality situational awareness without risking employees

When the massive Big Hollow Fire in Washington state shut down human access to the Verizon Network in that area, the company needed an alternative to urgently assess the integrity of the site’s equipment and facility – ensuring that fire, heat, water or smoke damage did not interrupt critical rescue and firefighting communications.

The solution: beyond visual line of sight drone
capabilities over Verizon’s 4G LTE network


Emergency response

Verizon was able to respond quickly to the wildfires, dispatching autonomous drones to inspect their network infrastructure.


BVLOS, remote drone flight

With their first of its kind Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) approval, the team monitored their infrastructure completely remotely, with one team member monitoring from 1600 miles away.

High Availability, High Productivity

Autonomous insights

Verizon was able to confirm their network’s functionality with Percepto’s Autonomous Inspection and Monitoring (AIM) delivering AI-powered insights.

The benefits: safely
confirming site operability

With Percepto, Verizon engineers were able to confirm that the integrity and operability of its infrastructure had not been compromised, without putting any Verizon personnel in harm’s way.