PhilTower drone application elevates infrastructure and operational effectiveness, boosts digitalizationNews

PhilTower leverages drone-based surveys to improve info exchange

PhilTower Consortium Inc.’s (PhilTower), a digital shared infrastructure provider, partnership with SiteSee and QNSI will see the digitization of 1,350 cell towers purchased from Globe on September 2022. 

The SiteSee digital twin platform, combined with QNSI field surveys and audit tools, is enabling PhilTower to optimize its infrastructure and capture new revenue opportunities faster. The combination of SiteSee’s advanced tools and QNSI local service delivery capability is step by step replacing traditional engineering inspections and enhancing asset management practices. 

The digitization of Philtower cell sites began in December 2022 with the aim of improving the information exchange and collaboration with its clients (the MNOs) by providing a more comprehensive and streamlined process for asset management, more accurate co-location identification, and built quality compliance. The drones-based survey by QNSI is fully integrated into the comprehensive site audit services. SiteSee processes the drone images into accurate 3D models. For each cell site the SiteSee Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms are applied to render a digital twin of the assets.

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“Apart from the advanced technology applied, digitalizing our tower portfolio is a demanding task in terms of logistics and managing large field operations,” Devid Gubiani, CEO of PhilTower, said in a statement. “QNSI’s local knowledge in rolling out large-scale field operations nationwide has proven to be a critical success factor in getting the program off the ground.”

SiteSee is an Australian technology company that offers global TowerCo operators (TowerCos) a unique solution built on proprietary AI and digital twin technology. The advanced SaaS platform has been designed to accelerate revenue generation, maximize new revenue opportunities, and streamline the asset management process. 

QNSI (QROI Network Services Inc.) offers a comprehensive service portfolio for mobile network operators, independent tower companies, and network equipment.

Drone audit

This partnership with SiteSee as the technology principal and QNSI, a local project management and service provider partner, has quickly enabled this new technology to be integrated into PhilTower workflows. 

“The drone audit resulted in operational efficiency in terms of accurate and detailed asset registers, reduced truck rolls and audit time, accelerate loading analysis, ease of co-location process and deployment,” said P T Pawar, COO of PhilTower. “We also anticipate the potential saving in future tower preventive maintenance costs  This strategic partnership is one of our steps towards digitalization and modernization of distributed assets”. 

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