Shell to test AI-enabled drones to inspect equipment at Houston tech center

Royal Dutch Shell PLC has announced it plans to launch a proof-of-concept project that will deploy AI-enabled drones to inspect equipment at the Shell Technology Center in Houston, Texas, the company said.

Shell´s drones will use cameras and sensors to gather images of the Houston facility and consolidate the data into a cloud-based platform that runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The drones are manufactured by Kespry Inc., a company that Shell invested in.

After the pilot program is complete, Shell said it will decide whether to scale the system beyond the Houston facility.

Royal Dutch Shell (Shell), is a British-Dutch oil and gas company headquartered in the Netherlands and incorporated in the United Kingdom. It is one of the six oil and gas supermajors.