ikeGPS, Black & McDonald to develop utility asset management solutions

Engineering and construction company Black & McDonald is pairing with field data collection solutions provider ikeGPS to market to the U.S. utility pole market.

With Black & McDonald's market reach and expertise along with the ikeGPS technology that includes a digital camera, GPS, laser-range-finder and more, the two companies aim to streamline the way joint-use utility poles are inventoried.

As the U.S. communications and electric grid grows, so has the demand and load on the utility pole infrastructure. Today, utility poles are not only carrying electric wire, CATV, street lighting and telephone wire, but they are also carrying fiber optic cable and occasionally cellular antennas. Managing and maintaining that infrastructure is an increasing priority for utility and telecommunications companies, as well as for state and local government agencies.

ikeGPS has grown from an idea of a New Zealand engineer surveying radio sites in to a company delivering mobile geospatial solutions across the globe, quickly becoming a global player in the utility and defense segments with laser-camera-GPS technology and measurement and 3D modeling software solutions.

B&M is a privately held contractor that has been providing electrical services for over 90 years. We provide engineering, construction and maintenance services to electric utilities, municipalities, industrial and commercial customers from our facilities located throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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