The partnership will enable Enedis to accelerate its digital transformation, with the use of imagery and artificial intelligence (AI) to automate its network inspection and maintenance operations.
Rolled out over 6,500 kilometers (4,000 miles) of medium voltage power lines during Year 1, the scale of the artificial intelligence (AI) based project is a world-first in the Power and Utilities sector.
Toulouse and Paris, October 13, 2020 – Enedis, the largest European power grid operator, and Alteia, the leader in Visual Intelligence for Enterprise, today signed an agreement for the digital transformation of Enedis’ inspection and maintenance operations. Through the agreement, Enedis will leverage Alteia’s computer vision and other artificial intelligence applications to automate its network inspection and maintenance operations.
As part of Enedis’ 2020-2025 industrial and human strategic project, the company’s investments and predictive maintenance programs contribute to the energy transition, resulting in an even more resilient and innovative public electricity distribution network.
Enedis will roll out the Alteia’s platform nationwide in France in 2021. The platform was used initially for a perimeter of 6,500 kilometers (4,000 miles) of power lines, representing nearly half a million images collected by drones, helicopters and smartphones. These images were analyzed by artificial intelligence algorithms designed for Enedis’ predictive inspection and maintenance operations, making Alteia’s AI program a world-first for the industry.
Benjamin Benharrosh, VP sales and co-founder at Alteia, says “We are extremely proud to support Enedis in this ambitious project, a first of its kind operation intended to optimize an electricity network management with artificial intelligence at scale. We know Enedis well and have been collaborating since 2013 on several projects to digitize power lines and optimize vegetation pruning operations using visual data analytics. Each step of this new project will be supported by a team of Alteia AI experts, who will continuously develop and refine the performance of the platform’s algorithms, ultimately improving the electricity supply service.”
Alteia – a spin-off of Delair, a historical provider of drone solutions for enterprise – empowers Enedis to leverage AI as an essential component of its Smart Grids program.
Antoine JOURDAIN, Technical Director of Enedis, says “In 2018, Enedis launched an image-recognition program in order to automatically identify equipment and defects in the overhead medium voltage (MV) network. The adoption of the Alteia platform is a new and unprecedented step in the industrialization of artificial intelligence-based workflows, as it centralizes all our visual data, management of network inspection related needs, etc. The partnership reinforces our conviction that the public electricity distribution network will be even more resilient, modern and digital. This will help us anticipate tomorrow’s changes, and work with territories to accelerate their energy transition.”
Alteia is an AI-driven platform, offering a comprehensive suite of tools to enable digital transformation in enterprise asset management. The company has over a decade of experience in capturing and analyzing imagery, resulting in a Visual Intelligence offer that combines the best of computer vision and AI technologies. The platform ingests and structures massive varieties of data from the field into a single source of truth, and builds predictive models of industrial infrastructure. It facilitates the optimization of the entire operations lifecycle, mitigates risks, and delivers critical assessments in real time. For more information, visit www.alteia.com
Enedis is a public service company that operates the electricity distribution network and employs 38,000 people. It serves 35 million customers and develops, operates and modernises 1.4 million kilometres of low- and medium-voltage electricity network (220 and 20,000 Volts) and manages the network-related data. Enedis connects customers to the grid, provides a breakdown repair service (24/7), reads meters and carries out all technical operations. It is independent from energy suppliers, which are responsible for selling electricity and managing the electricity supply contract. https://www.enedis.fr/english.