Maintaining Infrastructure Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be

Dealing with deteriorating infrastructure is a serious problem that all developed nations face. When bridges, roadways, and buildings are at risk of catastrophic failure from decades of wear and tear, people's lives and livelihoods can be destroyed in an instant. To minimize the likelihood of infrastructure failures, large teams of trained professionals need to continually monitor vast transportation networks and many thousands of other structures in an attempt to locate the early warning signs of impending problems. Unfortunately, this type of manual monitoring is very costly, often unable to monitor structures as frequently as would be desired, and prone to missing warning signs.

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