Drones are robot like vehicles that can be controlled remotely using software based flight plans and GPS. It performs tasks from mundane to dangerous and everything in between. However, drones and unmanned vehicles have found their way into many mainstream activities because of their efficiency and high level safety.
Utility companies use drones to inspect areas of their network that are difficult to access during manual inspections. In the case of water utilities, drones can fly in dense forest regions that are hard to penetrate during harsh weather conditions — recording data for pipeline inspections as well as thermal/laser imagery data captured over time.