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IBM, April 2023

IBM Research, in collaboration with the Canton of Zurich, drone company Pixmap, and Dubendorf Air Base, is using AI and drones to detect cracks in airport runways.

The AI model employs computer vision to identify tiny cracks in high-resolution images captured by drones, allowing civil engineering experts to assess the runway's condition. This technology has previously been used to inspect infrastructure such as bridges, and it is expected to improve maintenance routines and prevent larger problems. Results from the runway inspection project are anticipated in the fall of 2023.

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