Remote AI-Driven Inspections Improves Worker Safety and Grid Reliability

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This webinar was originally broadcast on March 29, 2022 and is now available on demand! 
Duration: 1 hour
Sponsor: Hitachi Vantara

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Webinar Description
Transmission and Distribution (T&D) asset failures cause wildfires that cost billions of dollars in damages and claim countless human and animal lives every year. One way to address and prevent risks is through routine inspections and maintenance. Conventional inspection processes require workers to climb transmission towers or use helicopters to capture photographic evidence, creating an urgent need for faster and safer methods to maintain T&D assets spanning thousands of miles. The challenge is compounded by the need to analyze the images and videos for defects offline, resulting in a slow, manual, and very expensive process.

Attend this webinar to learn how Hitachi Image Based Inspections, an image analytics-based inspection software, enables utility and O&M operators to improve asset reliability, optimize operational and maintenance processes, while reducing the threat of fire and risk to the public.

Attendees will also learn how the AI-based solution can:
• Generate insights through image identification and cataloging, automatically and accurately
• Remove human subjectivity
• Assign risk scores for assets such as insulators, dampers, clamps, and more
• Send real-time alerts to maintenance workers


Milli Gurung Comstock
IoT Product Strategy Manager
Hitachi Vantara
Milli Gurung Comstock is the Principal Product Manager for Hitachi Vantara. Milli has over 15 years of experience in delivering products and solutions in Enterprise Software, SaaS product eco-system, and Industrial IoT solutions across Energy – Power & Utilities, Oil & Gas, and Smart Manufacturing. She is passionate about assembling and iterating ideas to build products that deliver personalized customer outcomes and resonate with their voice.

At Hitachi Vantara, Milli created an AI-powered advanced image analysis engine that automates the defect detection for Transmission and Distribution (T&D) equipment assets to lower costs, reduce risks and enhance worker safety.

Shamik Mehta
Director of Industry Solutions Marketing
Hitachi Vantara
Shamik Mehta is the Director of Industry Solutions Marketing for Hitachi Vantara. Shamik has around 25 years of experience in product and strategic marketing for semiconductors, renewable energy, e-mobility, IoT, data management and data analytics software. He’s held roles in chip design, pre-sales, product management and marketing for technology products, including software solutions and data platforms. His experiences include 6 years at SunEdison, once the world’s largest solar and wind energy Independent Power Producer, leading product management, operations, business development and marketing.

Shamik has experience managing global product marketing, GTM activities, thought leadership content creation and sales enablement activities for technology and software applications for the Smart Energy, Electrified Transportation and Manufacturing verticals. Shamik is a Silicon Valley native, having lived, studied and worked there since the early 90’s.

Mauro Damo
Principal Data Scientist
Hitachi Vantara
Mauro Damo is the Principal Data Scientist for Hitachi Vantara. Mauro has 20 years of experience in data science and analytics, with a keen focus on structured and unstructured data manipulation and honed capabilities in Supervised, Semi-Supervised, Unsupervised, and Deep Learning techniques. He’s held similar principal data scientist roles for national companies across several industries, such as industrial, non-governmental, health care, supply chain, and more, and has helped them solve complex problems by implementing automated and analytical solutions that enable the end-to-end visibility of assets.

Mauro has applied for five patents for analytics-related inventions, published several peer-reviewed papers, and delivered keynote presentations at technology-agnostic seminars, in national and international arenas.

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