As drones become mainstream and their potential for mass integration in commercial use becomes evident, emergency responders understand how they too can put this technology to use in ways that are more socially relevant. A report on using drones for disaster management and relief operations highlights the potential and highlights some real use cases.
The report discusses nine potential uses of drones in 3D situations (see title). These are:
- Reconnaissance and mapping
- Assessment of structural integrity
- Temporary infrastructure & supply delivery
- Wildfire detection and support in firefighting
- High rise building fire response
- Support in nuclear, biological & chemical events
- Search & rescue ops
- Insurance support and risk assessment
- Logistics support
Everyone interested in the above topics should download this report for free from the link given above. It is an interesting read.
Drone as a Service – A flying jeeves?
This report also emphasizes companies that offer Drone as a Service. They manage the availability, the clearances, the payload and all the other stuff that needs to be done. You pay for the work the drone does or the data it generates.
Plan Disaster Recovery in Advance
While disasters typically come unannounced, one can prepare for the more likely ones. If an organization does not have a drone utilization plan in place, it takes an average of 6.5 days to get drones to a disaster site and start using them effectively. If a plan is in place, this can be done in as little as 12 hours. Given that 48 hours is considered an outer time limit to find survivors, the conclusion is clear. Used properly, drones can save lives. Since drone based disaster recovery plans are still a novelty, planners should simulate and train for them thoroughly to prepare for the time a disaster strikes. Only through simulation and training can you ensure that your solutions work and do not end up looking unprepared.
David King Chief Technical Officer
Serving as the Chief Technology Officer, David is responsible for the discovery and implementation of new technologies that yield competitive advantages while working closely with Executive Management to develop strategies to increase revenue and performs cost-benefit and return-on-investment analysis.
In October 2005, David joined AEgis Technologies as Director of the Simulation Development Group. During that time, David helped formulate the direction of AEgis’ software development efforts to ensure maximum reusability, thereby speeding ongoing development while reducing costs. His focus is technology transfer to commercial products and product development. Under his leadership, the Simulation Development Group developed and fielded over 8000 UAS training systems across the DOD. David has held the title of Vice President, Simulation Development and most recently, Executive Vice President, Technology Solutions Division.
With more than 25 years in the Modeling, Simulation, and Training industry – and having served in product design and development, technology advancement, project management, and leadership positions. David is a recognized leader and innovator in the MS&T industry, having co-founded, matured and sold a two-man start-up company into a highly-successful small business (CG2, Inc.) in just seven years with no outside venture capital or investments. In addition to being recognized locally as an “Outstanding Small Business” for three consecutive years by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce.
Before co-founding CG2, David spent eight years in the US Army in missile-related fields. He worked for Electronic Associates Inc. and later AMTEC Corporation at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL, on a broad range of projects including the Sensor Vision III Real-Time IR Scene Generator, JAVELIN, STINGER, CHAPARRAL BAT, AIT, and THAAD HWIL simulations.
Specialties: Modeling, Simulation and Training. Hardware in the Loop, real-time simulations.