Inspection² are delighted to announce a new partnership with Blue Prism. This strategic partnership helps us to provide an end-to-end automation to power your digital transformation.
Digitalisation is a key focal point for TowerCo’s and Telco operators with greater agility, efficiency and both organic and inorganic growth required to succeed in the context of current market pressures. To achieve transformational results, your end-to-end value chain – including physical, system and human based assets need to be considered. Together, Blue Prism and Inspection² telco 5G solution deliver exceptional speed to value by delivering automation and integration across your business-critical assets.

The Military Inspiration

In 2006, when James Harrison – CEO and Founder of Inspection² – used drones as a navigation aid while working for the military, the seed of an idea took root. That idea would, 13 years later, grow into the founding of Inspection².

Needing to find safe routes around Baghdad, James always carried three different maps in his patrol vehicle – an Ordinance Survey map from the 1970s, because relief doesn’t tend to change; an 18-month-old satellite map that quickly outdated as buildings were bombed and moved; and a drone map. Typically, the drone map would have been stitched together the night before using aerial photography provided by the Americans.

These three maps helped James and his troops to move around safely as well as insight into the types of aerial intelligence that could be used.

A year later, James volunteered for deployment to the Helmand province of Afghanistan. Again, to ensure their safety before being airdropped into unknown areas, drones inspected the infrastructure from great heights to avoid detection.

The drones’ photographs allowed James to use basic measurements to calculate the size of a building and thickness of a wall. By using an average tree height, they could work out if a deserted compound could safely be used if they should come under fire.

Drones as Data Collection Tools

James’ interest was always far more about the data than the tool. Yet he quickly recognised how drone use in data collecting could be harnessed for commercial use.

So, his company Sky-Futures was incorporated in 2009. By 2011, they were flying drones around oil and gas rigs doing inspections for major oil companies in UK, Norway and then globally. Eventually, Sky-Futures had offices in Aberdeen, London, the US, Malaysia and Abu Dhabi.

Capturing data with drones was faster and more effective than using manpower. But it was slower to review the data because there was so much more of it. To solve this, Sky-Futures hired a CTO to investigate automating the inspection process, and then developed a new software platform to leverage all the data.

By 2017, Sky-Futures’ AI systems were creating global attention. It was unique – a drone services and data software platform company being used by some of the world’s biggest companies for huge projects, saving up to 75% audit and reporting time.

Then, in May 2019, James and the Board split the company, selling Sky-Futures. Transferring the technology side and his trusted team into his new company – Inspection² – James created a pioneering new company who already had rich experience and deep knowledge in data inspection and reporting.

Inspection² are uniquely positioned to deliver on customer requirements in environments where distributed assets are vast and complex – including Telecommunications as well as Transmission and Distribution and Oil and Gas.

Telco Challenges

The two macro drivers in Telco right now are consolidation of Tower Companies and 5G roll out.

Europe has been slower than the US to consolidate towers within specialist Tower Companies and to leverage the economies of scale. Owner operators have been servicing their own networks, whilst independents have been maximising the profitability of each site with multiple tenants. The spin out of Vodafone’s towers into a new company, Vantage Towers and the sale of Telefonica’s masts in the vehicle Telxius to American Towers are two recent examples of this trend. But new and existing independent tower companies face public market scrutiny and must perform in a competitive market, balancing debt required for acquisition against servicing this debt with increased revenues.

There is a race to rollout the supporting infrastructure for 5G; whoever rolls it out fast enough can then monetise and make a profit sooner. So, those who cannot sift through the data quickly enough to understand where 5G can be deployed and roll it out efficiently will lose out.

The solution is intelligent digital automation, to identify and accurately bill the multiple tenants on each site, identify space for new tenants and reduce the operational cost whist doing so. For 5G the ability to quickly deploy the infrastructure direct to a suitable site is more acute, given the increased weight and power requirements. Once up, mitigating any 5G downtime will be a priority for all telcos, especially regarding compliance issues where heavy fines are likely. So; fast and efficient infrastructure is essential.

Read more about the telecom industry priorities and how to make 5G delivery faster and more efficient here.

Our Blue Prism Partnership telco 5G solution delivers cutting-edge automation

Blue Prism are a global leader in Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Their connected-RPA can automate and perform mission critical processes and more than 1,300 global customers leverage their digital workforce solutions. This empowers those businesses to automate billions of transactions while returning hundreds of millions of hours of work back to the business.

The Blue Prism and Inspection² partnership provides a cutting-edge automation solution for telecom site inspection and inventory. The integration combines the best-in-class Inspection² AI, Computer Vision, 3D visualisation, and automation technologies with Blue Prism’s RPA platform to help telecom companies accelerate their digital transformation.

Together our solutions:

  • Reduce 5G upgrade time from 20 days to 4 through the automation of the site survey process and site report creation. Enabling more effective field operations and optimising asset performance.
  • Deliver improved visibility of your asset base and inventory accuracy via proprietary Engineering Automation software, of at least 5%, delivering significant top line revenues.
  • Blue Prism then has the ability to quickly automate human processes such as; updating billing systems, integrating into external management systems and harmonising data across individual systems in multiple regions and countries. This can help support bulk ordering and deliver supply chain efficiencies.

Put simply, our digital solution – pioneering AI processes combined with Blue Prism’s intelligent automation solutions put us in a unique position to support Tower Companies and Telco Operators to monetise 5G.

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