02 Apr Drones will be a vital asset during Coronavirus crisis says leading UAE drone company
Leading drone technology company, Falcon Eye Drones Services (FEDS) predicts that the UAE will emerge as a world leader in drone capability due to its proactive approach at utilising the technology during the current pandemic.
Rabih Bou Rashid, ceo of FEDS, the Middle East’s leading Drone-as-a-Service (DaaS) company, said: “The rapid spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 has played a vital role in accelerating the adoption of the drone in a growing list of unconventional tasks, which is what we have witnessed in the UAE, which has become a global leader in utilising latest technologies to improve people’s quality of life and enhance the country’s competitiveness.”
Even before the threat of the pandemic, drones have were being widely used in Emirates for everything from drone seeding to surveillance. For example, in early 2020, FEDS worked with the UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment on a drone seeding project of 6.25 million Ghaf and Samar trees across 25 locations in the country in a span of a few days – a much shorter time compared to the decades it used to take farmers to complete such process.
“COVID-19 has prompted more usage of drones, with a lot of countries utilising them to conduct its services without the risk of infection. We must put drones to our advantage in this crisis, as this technology offers a unique yet safe way to conduct remotely what used to be only human-to-human interactions,” added Rashid. “The ability of drones to deliver daily assistance at a distance makes it a favourable technology in the future.”
“Drones will be an essential part of the daily lives of humans and will be as vital as phones are to everyone today. And now, more than ever, drones give us a fighting chance in our battle against the epidemic with the several solutions they offer for epidemic control,” he added.
In the UAE, police authorities such as Dubai Police and Sharjah Police, are now utilising drones to disseminate messages to encourage residents to stay home. The message is aired from loudspeakers in languages, including Arabic, English, Urdu, and Filipino. The UAE has also used drones during the recent national disinfection program. Drones can carry up to 16 litres of spraying disinfectant allowing them to fumigate large areas without sending people into impacted places. FEDS drones have a spraying efficiency of 180 mu per hour, and can cover 120,000 square metres.
Drones can also be equipped with dual visual and infrared image sensor technology that can be used to measure the body temperature of those that might be infected from a safe distance.”Robots like drones are immune to infection,” said Rashid. “So many countries have stepped up to get them out in force to deliver medical supplies and other goods. Drones have indeed proven their value especially to those who are quarantined at home.”
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