Across the globe, the face of disaster responses is changing. More and more countries are adopting different technologies to help them in urgent situations, one of the most disruptive innovations is the use of drones.
Drones have incredible potential across industries, from transport, postal and logistics, to film. Now attention is focused on their benefits in critical situations.
Emergency services are the unsung heroes of populations and communities. They work hard, in adverse situations, to free their fellow citizens from fires, floods, hostage situations and more, sometimes they get hurt or even lose their lives in the process. The police, ambulance paramedics and firemen, everyone who goes to work with a siren on their vehicle, should be the celebrities of the modern world. Their jobs are dangerous and exhausting, and any technology which can help them in their necessary and arduous tasks should be applauded and seized upon.
Drones are increasingly recognized for their use as aiding and working alongside emergency services. Their size, speed, agility and cost make them efficient and cost-effective, more so than traditional vehicles like a helicopter for example. Unmanned vehicles can be sent into potentially dangerous or hostile situations, to bring back key information. This could be the location of a missing or kidnapped person, or thermal imaging in the case of a fire.
They will not replace personnel, but can be used to save time on the laborious taking of photos and analysing of data, they can be sent instead of people into undesirable situations.
Emergency services can benefit from this time-saving information at a critical time, allowing them to better use their own expertise and resources and potentially save them from jeopardizing their safety.
Some examples where drones have been used by first responders are:
- Search and Rescue: Police in Devon used UAVs to find a missing women in Plymouth, and the Police force in Cumbria used them to find a missing man on the Cumbrian coast.
- Fire-fighting: Firefighters in New York City have begun using drones to help battle blazes in the city.
- Surveillance: French police used UAVs in security measures during the Euro Football Cup in 2016, with low flying drones to scan license plates.
Thanks to UAVs, emergency services can save time, resources and keep their personnel and energy to devote to saving lives in critical situations.
At Unmanned Life, we believe in the potential of drone technology to help first-responders save lives. Our AI powered software platform can control fleets of completely autonomous UAVs or any IoT devices. It was featured by the London Evening Standard as “life-saving software” which can be used in emergency response situations to relay crucial information, carry telecommunications to unconnected areas and transmit data.