• Fiona Moloney

Drones Used for Good Save Lives

Updated: Jan 24, 2019

We’re heard it before, drones have been done, so it’s a given that they are here for the long term, automation and robotics might change the virtual face of the drone industry but their application I believe has not yet been fully utilised.

The biggest concerns around drones right now is around privacy and safety in flight, both of these challenges can be easily addressed with legislation and penalties however, it’s the very nature of the freedom of flight that might make this hard to implement.

Personally I’m looking forward to getting into my one person flying machine, and taking to the air highways in the future but for now one of the fastest growing sectors of the UAV industry is in #publicsafety.

Traffic safety and management, fire management, and real estate have all very quickly seen how drones can add value and adopted their benefits rapidly.

One of my favourite uses of drones of course is in nature, watching whales and dolphins from above and giving us glimpses of nature in its real state without having to get so close we disturb their graceful peace but please don’t get close!

Farms have taken to drones in a big way using them in #farming practices to save time and getting a snapshot on outcomes, monitoring crop health, drought and irrigation inspection, livestock health, field surveys as well as security #monitoring for poaching takes the burden off already over worked and stressed out farmers.

In vast farming areas such in Australia the average size farm is 4,331ha. With those distances to cover it makes good sense to send out a drone and survey the land and livestock, saving valuable time, energy/calories and money.

But for me the most magnificent use of drones and how to use this fast growing tech is in #savinglives

A drone was used in Lennox Heads to save two struggling swimmers, because drones can get to the scene in seconds “as the drone flies” means the impact is also immediately felt.

Thermal imaging can make the difference when people are lost at sea, where saving seconds is vital for survival.

It’s been said that a drone is saving nearly one persons life a week.

In early 2017 two kayakers on Huntington Beach lost and stuck out on a marsh were rescued after calling the Midway Fire Department who also used a thermal imagining drone, again without this feature lives may have been lost.

You need to be registered to fly a drone over 2kilos with the CASA, The Civil Aviation Safety Authority, and have an operators certificate to fly.

Drone Horizon

Keep recreational drones under 400 feet (121mtrs) and away from crowds, don’t fly at night and always make sure you have line of sight, have fun, and do good! #dronesforgood