Japan Infra Waymark
Japan Infra Waymark (JIW) is a drone-based infrastructure inspection company, established by NTT West Corporation in 2019. Leveraging NTT’s automation and AI image analysis technology, JIW partners with drone and autonomous vehicle companies to provide inspection services for infrastructure projects: slopes, bridges, transmission towers, solar panels, wind power facilities, and more.
As a strategic partner and distributor of Sunflower Labs in Japan, JIW has successfully installed the Beehive System across various locations, each with unique infrastructure, inspection needs, and terrain. Key installations include ports, radio transmission towers, bridge construction projects, and natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas storage facilities.
Day or night, the Beehive System covers a versatile range of security and inspection needs for these sites. The Bee uses real-time obstacle avoidance, 3D property mapping, and geofencing to safely navigate around large equipment and sensitive structures like tower cranes and gas storage tanks. Drone footage and images allow teams to monitor project progress, inspect for structural issues, and meet safety requirements. Person and vehicle detection ensure site security.
Due to ongoing structural deterioration, an aging workforce, and labor shortages, the need for more efficient infrastructure inspections has become a national priority for Japan. With six successful installations across western Japan and more on the way, this partnership between JIW and Sunflower Labs opens the door to addressing these challenges in a scalable and effective way.
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