DRONES USED FOR GOOD
by Matt Passmore
Drones have received some bad press lately, largely due to the fact that they have been used in some pretty stupid ways. From filming forest fires and therefore preventing critical fire-fighting helicopters from doing their jobs, to invading personal privacy by hovering uninvited in peoples' gardens and being (in some cases) shot down as a result. We however, wanted to have a look at some of the good uses for drone technology.
As well as online companies working towards using drones for delivery, medical teams are developing programs to take medical supplies to remote communities across the world. A drone's ability to move quickly over all terrain allows much faster access to places that a truck may not be able to reach at all, allowing quick access to vital medicines. Drones are also much cheaper to operate than a vehicle, reducing the overall cost of such ventures and their speed allows many more deliveries to be made in a day, although each drone delivery would be much smaller than that made by a truck. Although you might expect this to be trialed in a developing country, the first (as far as we know) FAA approved medical delivery by drone was made in rural Virginia, where queues to reach the medical clinic were blocking local roads.
One technique being used in farming is easy analysis of crop fields to look for weeds could reduce the use of weedkiller by applying it only where needed rather than indiscriminately covering entire fields. This would save farmers money due to the high cost of agricultural chemicals and reduce the impact of chemicals leeching into the surrounding environment. This technique could also be used to measure irrigation performance, growth rates etc. all giving more efficiency gains. Drones are also helping to protect wildlife from poaching with the ability to photograph perpetrators for evidence. They are used for scientific monitoring (and have been for a long time), collecting data over long periods in difficult places such as the upper atmosphere, where sending people isn't practical. More recently they are helping search and rescue teams to locate injured or trapped people, again using their speed and agility to rapidly locate and assess situations.
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