In support of the Whole-of-Government push for a Future Ready Public Service, the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) has been actively driving innovation in our land management regime. SLA recently conducted an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) proof of concept (POC) at Pulau Seringat on 26-28 March 2018. The objective of the POC was to establish whether fully-autonomous UAVs operating beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) were effective for the inspection and automatic detection of maintenance issues on offshore islands managed by SLA. The offshore islands were identified as an ideal test-bed for the POC as they provided a conducive environment to test the remote deployment of UAVs, as a pre-cursor to full-scale deployment on these islands.
Since SLA took over direct management of ten offshore islands in March 2017, we have been actively looking at how we could streamline processes and leverage on technology to support us in the management of the offshore islands. The physical inspection for maintenance issues on the offshore islands was laborious and time-consuming. The adoption of UAVs to automatically inspect and detect issues that required follow up, would improve productivity and efficiency.
The POC was a useful exercise to help us better understand the potential of autonomous technology to support operational requirements. It reduces reliance on manpower, and at the same time, enhances safety and service delivery. With the completion of the POC, SLA will work towards full implementation of UAVs for inspection and detection of maintenance issues.
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