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IoT solution turns drone into gas detection sensor

March 25, 2019 / Helen Knight

Leaks from natural gas transmission pipelines can present a significant safety hazard, as well as being harmful to the environment and extremely costly to producers. Now drones are to be put to work to sniff out gas leaks from transmission pipelines, thanks to a mobile detection system developed by ABB. The system, which is capable of sniffing out even small leaks from a distance of up to 100m away, uses the company’s industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform, ABB Ability, to allow it to upload signals to the cloud for immediate analysis anywhere in the world.