When speaking about drone technology, people instantly begin to think about how it will
modernize consumer delivery.
But drones are much more than that.
Drones technology is used to help emergency responders save lives. Also, drones are gathering
valuable data for conservation projects, supporting the work of environmental researchers, and
playing the leading role in implementing sustainable solutions.
Drones are doing all of those things better, faster, easier, and cheaper.
Drones helping people with computer vision
Thanks to computer vision, drones can “recognize” images, which means they can recognize
people stranded after a natural disaster.
Once their location is confirmed, drones deliver medical aid to areas that are unsafe and hard
to reach by emergency responders.
Drones may deliver food, medical supplies, or life jackets to flood victims. With computer
vision, drones are great at allocating resources, surveying the damage, and providing victims
with the needed help.
How Emergency Responders Use Drones
If a city experiences a massive natural disaster, such as a tsunami or wildfire, drones could be
used to fly over the area and detect where people are for rescue missions.
According to statistics, drones are saving one life per week.
Using drones in earthquakes
Drones have been crucial in rescue efforts after an earthquake. One of the
most catastrophic earthquakes ever was the Sichuan earthquake. At the time, many buildings
and bridges collapsed under the shock waves.
Drones helped find routes that were not usable due to caved-in bridges and tunnels.
Drones were used to discover schools, hospitals, and population-dense buildings that had
collapsed so rescue teams could efficiently target priority areas.
Drones helping in search and rescue
Any missing person must be found as soon as possible in disaster scenarios.
People can be trapped under rubble in the devastation caused by explosions. Many people get
stuck in hard reaching and hard to escape areas like rooftops in floods. The territory is often
hard to navigate in search missions, such as mountain regions.
Drones are equipped with thermal imaging cameras for these types of rescue
missions—thermal imaging cameras can find missing persons in areas challenging to search.
This makes them a better, cheaper, and safer solution than sending in rescue helicopters.
Drones for disaster recovery
In the wake of fires, floods, and earthquakes, drones assist in the safe inspection of
infrastructure, making repairs quicker than they would be done using traditional methods.
Using drones means that repairs can be done more safely; nobody will have to set the foot-on
site to take measurements. Nobody will have to go into fragile infrastructure to make the
images of the damage.
Due to their speed and accuracy, drones will undoubtedly be used in emergencies for years to
Better response to 911 calls in rural areas
Emergency vehicles run the risk of being held up by traffic. Callers in rural areas wait around 13-
minutes compared to a 6-minute wait in the cities.
Drones will help solve these challenges in the future. They will transport patients to hospitals,
bypassing roadway traffic and quickly reaching rural areas.