Artificial Intelligence – A helping hand from the future that is here to stay

June 5, 2024

The arrival of Artificial Intelligence has been the ultimate topic for the past few years, and for a good reason. It is such a relevant matter because it drives efficiency, innovation, and improvements across many domains, significantly impacting our daily lives, industries, and global challenges.  

AI stepped confidently into Telecommunication and Infrastructure sectors as well, automating processes, analyzing data and validating documentation. And it’s been doing it instantly, effortlessly and with a high level of precision. It emerged in the industry through a series of technological advancements and innovative applications that have transformed how projects are designed, managed, and maintained.  

These sectors always depended heavily on human labor and rudimentary technologies, but AI found its way inside despite most of the heavy work still being done in the physical world. And which door did it use? The one of automating routine and repetitive tasks and freeing up human workers to focus on more complex and creative jobs. This led to increased efficiency and productivity across various industries, and just like that, AI was an integral part of Telecommunication and Infrastructure. 

For instance, building towers and installing and maintaining radio antennas requires many safety checks for height workers doing the physical job. Safety gear is a delicate issue, and it takes an expert with loads of experience to perform safety checks on a climber. Since the appearance of AI, this became an automated procedure, involving a person taking a picture of a worker getting ready to climb a tower, passing it along to an AI, which then analyzes the photograph.  

AI can detect a helmet, carabiner, type of rope or a harness, but can also tell if the picture is blurred or in any other way technically incorrect. It can inspect and recognize different elements in the picture and decide whether to validate it. This means that AI can and will do a safety audit on its own, doing the job of several experts, together with creating a structured documentation report. 

On the other hand, not that high in the sky, but below the Earth’s surface, AI is helping to dig a trench for fiber installation. Different countries have their own regulations about the depth of the fiber trench. Instead of having supervisors at the field the whole time, making sure the depth is adequate for the proper and quality installation, an AI can use a photograph of the excavation, and decide if the depth is optimal for the prevention of accidental damage to the cables, and if legal requirements have been met.  

It can also tell is the standards have been accomplished regarding the material for burying the fiber optics. Instead of risking the precious equipment being buried with soil, AI will analyze the image taken during fieldwork, and make sure the soft sand has been used as a contact substance.  

Many of telcom project locations are very remote, which puts fieldwork quality control to the test, considering how technicians work on-site, and supervisors stay in the back-office. But with the helping hand of AI, acting as a mediator between the two, the telecommunication industry finally got an assistant that makes the job unbelievably easier.

Embracing new technologies and scientific breakthroughs has always been the mark of our field of work, so why not make the most of it this time as well? The Artificial Intelligence from the future is here, it’s up to us to decide if we’re joining the ride. 

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