Recently, an oil spill occurred in the waters of Tanjung Balau. Authorities have used drone technology in order to manage the damage. Essential images and videos were recorded of the apparent disaster, helping the Marine Department Malaysia (Southern Region) to identify affected areas. With this data, allocated teams have the opportunity to more effectively implement cleaning works.
Personnel were able to estimate the extent of the effects on the waters caused by the oil-to-sea discharge. Director Dickson Dollah stated that it is common practice for him and his team to use drones in order to monitor and assess conditions after oil spills in the sea. Clear aerial views of the leakage and the direction in which it is heading can help establish a quick plan to clean up the mess.
So, what’s the big deal?
Speedy action is an integral key to managing crisis situations. Damage from critical emergencies can be mitigated when solutions are reached quickly. Environmental issues are often unpredictable and by the time we can do anything about them, it may be too late. Homes are lost and lives end tragically.
With the help of the latest drone technology, rescuers can be better prepared for worst-case scenarios. Analytical capabilities, along with quick and efficiently managed information, can lead to faster decision-making.
Building a greener world
We may be seeing small package deliveries with smaller drones happening around the world soon. This could also mean lower emissions in grams of CO2 equivalent per package will be much less than trucks, indicating a contribution to improving climate change and environmental preservation.
Drones could lead us towards a greener future. Building infrastructure for renewable energy like wind turbines or solar panels isn’t enough. They have to be monitored, maintained and inspected with a decent amount of regularity in order to avoid serious problems, breakdowns or disasters.
When it comes to the maintenance aspect of green infrastructure, drones could prove useful. Humans shouldn’t have to climb up to the top of wind turbines and risk putting themselves in harm’s way. Drones give us the opportunity to easily access and evaluate any issues that are present in the design of such structures.
In order to see progress in drone-related solutions, education should not be ignored. The efforts of and courses, as well as programmes offered by various organisations and service providers, can deal with educating the workforce of the future in precision agriculture, mapping and surveying as well as safety inspections for various industries. This can help people with career advancement in drone-related fields and foster a better understanding of the tactics and methods that go hand in hand with drones to protect the environment.
Asia Drone IoT Technologies recently met with PUSPEK (Pusat Penyelidikan Kebombaan), Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia) about potentially collaborating on drone-related initiatives such as talent development and more. Numerous applications that can make firefighting and search and rescue operations more effective and efficient could have a positive impact on the lives of many people.