PwC has used a drone as part of an audit for the first time in the United Kingdom. The drone was used to remotely measure and capture more than 300 images of coal reserves at a power plant in Aberthaw, South Wales, which belongs to RWE, a German energy company. The exercise, which took just half an hour, would have taken more than four hours if done via traditional methods. The firm is exploring other opportunities to deploy drones during audits following this success. Elaine Whyte, U.K. Drones Leader at PwC said: “Sectors with large assets in hard to reach areas are the most obvious starting points for expanding this kind of work further – from mining to agriculture and forestry.” Rival firm EY has also revealed its plans to expand the use of drones in audit.
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