Satellite images reveal vegetation condition alongside 574,000 miles of US overhead lines


For the first time in history, vegetation encroachment risk to the entire publicly available US transmission grid has been analysed from space by the Berlin-based startup LiveEO.

The goal of this large-scale analysis was to demonstrate LiveEO’s market-leading analytic capabilities to a North American audience. In total, over 15,000 public satellite images were used to evaluate the risk to 574,000 miles (923763 kilometres) of electricity lines.

Results reveal exciting insights about the vegetation condition alongside nearly 574,000 miles of overhead lines. LiveEO’s further analysis helps utilities to improve management processes and to decrease wildfire and storm damage risks.

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Vegetation management

The analysis covers the detection of vegetation along the transmission grid, as well as the identification of grid segments that are exposed at dangerously close distances. These are some of the biggest challenges and operational cost factors for utility companies in maintaining their assets. Proven by studies, vegetation is one of the main challenges for utilities globally, causing up to 56% of externally triggered power interruptions. In the United States alone, approximately $6 billion is spent on vegetation management by utility companies annually.

LiveEO offers a sample analysis using commercial satellite data of their network free of charge for utility customers. 

About LiveEO:
LiveEO offers the world-leading satellite-based monitoring solution for infrastructure operators in the utility industry for vegetation management, ground deformation, and monitoring of third-party interactions. The company was founded in 2018 in Berlin, Germany, currently counting 40 employees. Presently, LiveEO’s product helps different customers in more than ten countries to monitor their assets and decrease operational expenses.

Contact LiveEO for more information:

Sven Przywarra:

Phone: USA: +1 614 697 4417 | EU: +49 162 3414693