There was a time when unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology was considered a luxury. But that is no longer the case. Drone delivery and drone technology have become an important tool in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, helping to create a more resilient supply chain and socially distant delivery services.
Because of the crisis the world is facing, people are aware of the benefit of drones, even in the potential risks. Not surprisingly, many emerging companies and individuals are creating a wide range of innovative drone solutions to meet the growing demand for drones in the market.
How India fight with COVID?
In India, too, many startups are working in this field to help fight the pandemic. Mumbai-based ideaForge, the nation’s largest drone maker, is developing drone systems, helping police use drones to monitor social distances and security surveillance. I am. Currently, the company has drones deployed in 10 states for surveillance and crowd control purposes.
IdeaForge was founded in 2007 by Mumbai-based IIT graduate Ankit Mehta and three of his friends. Their system is currently being used for information gathering and monitoring projects by Indian defense installations, the Department of Land Security and other government agencies. “The key to creating an unmanned system stems from the work we did at IIT Bombay as a college student,” said Mehta, ideaForge CEO and co-founder. “We created our concept for the quadruple rotor and built the first prototype in 2004. The Mumbai attack proved to be a turning point for us. After that, the drone technology was used for defense purposes. I decided to use it.” Other startups like AerialPhoto also capture and create the most memorable aerial photos, giving you a 360-degree view of what’s happening below.
How Other countries fight with COVID?
Not only India, but other countries are promoting drone games. In Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic, drones have been used to deliver medicines to hospitals. Drone technology not only speeds up the delivery of essential drugs and samples, but also reduces the risk of exposure to medical personnel and makes a significant difference in efforts to combat disease. In China, companies such as Terra Drones and Antwork have used drones to transport medical samples from Xinchang Hospital to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Zhejiang Province.
Drones are used not only to facilitate essentials, but also for monitoring, broadcasting, disinfectant spraying, temperature checks, and more. In the United States, Draganfly, the leading maker of commercial drones, has launched a series of “pandemic drones” test flights in what has been considered a Covid-19 hotspot, to monitor social distancing and symptoms the virus displays. The community is safe to detect. Draganfly’s drone technology includes a special sensor and computer vision system that can display fever, body temperature, heart rate and breathing and detect when to squeeze or cough in a crowded area. This technology can accurately detect infection from about 190 feet away. Apart from that, the collaboration between the U.S. Postal Service (UPS) and the Drone Company Matternet has become the first certified drone delivery prescription service in the United States after the pandemic.
In some parts of China and Europe, drones are being used to broadcast messages and information about the blockade, especially in rural areas where there is no communication channel for health information. Drones with loudspeakers are used to publicly announce their presence inside, take precautions, and wear masks when they are out.
To disinfect public places and prevent the spread of Covid-19, health officials are deploying agricultural drones and performing tasks such as spraying disinfectants on potentially affected areas. These spray guns can cover a larger area in much less time and 50 times faster than traditional methods.
According to DJI, the world’s largest drone manufacturer, Spray UAV can carry around 16 liters of disinfectant and can cover an area of 100,000 square meters per hour.
It is no exaggeration to say that Pandemic has accelerated the production of drones worldwide, but it remains unclear to what extent the industry can capitalize on its needs and demands.