September 2018

Bird’s-eye view of the utility system

With all the attention unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, are getting, it can be difficult to separate the hype and excitement of this new technology from the reality of regulations, applications and equipment. All this attention has both helped and hurt the UAV industry. On one hand, the media spotlight has helped […]


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Bird’s-eye view of the utility system

With all the attention unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, are getting, it can be difficult to separate the hype and excitement of this new technology from the reality of regulations, applications and equipment. All this attention has both helped and hurt the UAV industry. On one hand, the media spotlight has helped […]

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…it’s a drone

Electric cooperatives and other utilities have a new tool to streamline maintenance and repair activities along the hundreds and thousands of miles of electric lines they service. While many power companies are just beginning to use unmanned aerial vehicles – more commonly known as drones – the potential for these systems is, well, sky high. […]

Illinois fall festivals

September and October are busy months for festivals in Illinois. From shrimp to beef and broom corn to scarecrows, local cultures across Illinois are worth celebrating and experiencing. While all festivals couldn’t be included in this list, here is small sampling to choose from for your fall enjoyment. Warren County Prime Beef Festival WHEN: September […]

Fusion Tech: Homegrown on the family farm

West of Roseville, Ill. in the land of corn and soybeans stands a self-made business. While many locals are not sure what goes on there, numerous worldwide businesses do. Fresh out of high school, Brandon Bentz took off for the University of South Dakota to study criminal justice. He lasted less than a semester, left […]