As rates of infection and number of deaths continue to rise worldwide, authorities have replicated some of the public safety precautions taken in China. Along with a series of lockdowns that vary in severity from region to region, various frontline drone tech also plays a key role for officials in public safety.
During the coronavirus pandemic, drone technology (which has been grounded in some cases by numerous government rules and concerns) may end up playing a role in delivering medicine and other key supplies.
Construction and safety
During the coronavirus pandemic, construction was labelled an essential activity, which allowed buildings to be completed and even new construction to begin. Nonetheless, many companies use advanced technology to help maintain guidelines. Such tech includes small drones, formally known as UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) or UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles), to perform various jobs on and above the job site.
Drones can also help minimize the risk associated with hazardous tasks, identify hazards and improve safety before a construction project begins. They can provide project managers and stakeholders with information quickly, and track assets in a way that improves workflow efficiency. During the Covid-19 pandemic, drones are uniquely poised to assist with construction management.
Security in logistics
In the short term, governments will need to increase their security apparatuses, as well as the productivity of their medical agencies, in order to enforce quarantine mandates. Drones can help with decontamination, surveillance, and monitoring.
In addition, the shutting down of households and even ships represents an opportunity for robot delivery firms (that deal with both land and air deliveries) to showcase their worth. The drone delivery market could draw on its experience transporting supplies in the developing world and expand its operations to the countries most affected.
Several Chinese drone manufacturers have altered their models of agricultural drones that were originally meant for spraying crops with pesticides, and disinfectants over large areas. Drone disinfection has been proven to be an effective tool in curbing the coronavirus’ spread.
It enables the sterilization of large spaces without the need for humans to enter an infected area and risk contracting the virus. These disinfectant drones were successfully used in countries such as China, Chile, Indonesia, Philippines, Colombia and the United Arab Emirates with Spain becoming the first European country to do so.
Tracking and analytics improvement
Big data can be used to develop an outbreak near-real-time map that could help with the problem of inappropriate disbursement of medical resources. The near-real-time COVID-19 trackers can continually pull data from sources across the country and generate daily reports that depict specific statistics like the outbreak and fatality curves for better understanding and forecasting.
Defence can implement data quality and security controls at the data processing level. It is well recognized that when personal digital devices are used, data integrity weaknesses creep in. These can incorporate errors when a large-scale predictive model is being developed. Defence is capable of ensuring data security and removing biases for objectivity in data sets to strengthen public trust in government medical efforts.
When it comes to remote surveillance of vast areas, unmanned aerial vehicles are among the best tools available to today’s public safety agencies.
The leading drone service provider in Kazakhstan has worked on the frontlines to keep communities safe in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Providing direct support to the operational headquarters established to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Kazakhstan, KazUAV has helped the Nur-Sultan Police Department with patrolling the borders of the locked-down capital city with drones, ensuring ‘contactless’ surveillance and rapid operations.
With the massive growth of the Internet of Things and the COVID-19 pandemic happening, more drones are performing important tasks. From construction safety, security in logistics and disinfection to tracking and analytics improvement as well as surveillance, drones are expected to become a key role in helping authorities in various ways with the fight against the outbreak.
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