Using Drones To Make Peace, Not War

Using Drones To Make Peace, Not War

Using Drones to Make Peace, Not War


Many a times the very fact that our usage can be manipulated is the sole proof which refutes the fact that technology can be used only for good things. Every coin has two sides; same is the case with technology which on one side gives world the hopes of surviving for a reason and on the other side can be used for spying or attacking many people.

Amin Rigi an Iranian who has a bachelor’s degree in Robotics engineering says that drone can be used to save lives. Amin is launching RTS London to manufacture flying robots that drop life preservers to drowning people. The USP  of this robot is its speed. A video shot on the Caspian Sea shows a prototype of the robot which reaches a swimmer in 22 seconds, four times faster than a lifeguard. Rigi, who will soon be relocated to London to take part in an accelerator program for the startups, predict that the business he is undertaking will bring about a revolution as he manufactures drones or the rescue robots which can save many lives. After posting the one minute video, Rigi has got orders from than 25 countries already. By mid-2015 Rigi aims to ship his drones which would cost about $10,000

Doctors without Borders, the International Organization for Migration, UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and the World Wildlife Fund are some of the organizations which have tried using unmanned vehicles to fins survivors in disaster prone areas and also carry out other humanitarian tasks. The founder of the Humanitarian UAV Network, Patrick Meier says that time is leading everything in disasters. Meier claims that the technology is making a huge impact in places like Philippines where millions of people were displaced by the terrific Typhoon, Haiyan, which marked its steps in the previous year and in the Balkans, where the flooding caused in the spring season completely exposed land mines from Bosnia’s 1992-95 war.

In the previous year, more than 270 countries manufactured drones. The primary purpose of a drone is catered to military uses but many companies have turned up for manufacturing drones only for good purposes which can serve humanity well and also avoid many deaths caused due to unpredicted calamities or the man made calamities. Thanks to the companies who have taken nonprofit initiatives to develop UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles)

The 31 year old co-founder and CEO of IdeaForge Ankit Mehta has sold about 70 drones which have a range of 2.5 miles and can transmit continuous real time videos. Indian government agencies which include disaster management, police, and military forces have deployed Mehta’s drones in the process of counter-terrorism surveillance and search-and-rescue operations. Mehta claims that his company is not manufacturing anything to kill but something to save people. He is planning to market his machines next year to the international aid groups which cost between $70,000 and $120,000.

Colin guinn who is the senior vice president for sales and marketing at drone manufacturer 3D Robotics expects the commercial and humanitarian adoption of drones to grow on a large scale once the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration comes up with rules on commercial UAVs in the forthcoming years. He claims that he would never switch to military version of drones and his company sells tens of thousands of drones to people who shoot photos and videos.

Patrick Egan, who is a commercial real estate broker in the Collingwood, Ontario, launched Airvid (a website) that matches more than 600 drone operators and pilots in 56 countries which have clients seeking aerial photography. The airplane can’t give you the effect which a drone does especially when it comes to the concept of photography. One has to fly 500 feet above ground in an airplane and on the other hand drone can help in capturing a lot more than an airplane. This is the reason why many clients use drone for the purpose of specialized photography.

After the typhoon Haiyan struck Philippines, a rugged drone was used to assess damaged buildings and the roads which were completely blocked. It found out the place where survivors were gathering. The Danish company made a unit called Sky-Watch which was dispatched to the country. Andrew Schroeder is the director for research and analysis for Direct Relief which is a California-based group which does the task of providing medical assistance internationally. Andrew once got a chance to see the entire thing in action and he describes the situation by the word “impressed”. He says nearly every humanitarian group which operates in a disaster zone will feel that they need to have a drone strategy in the next 12-18 months in order to carry out humanitarian tasks despite of the fact that the drone technology is still in its shining phase. Coordination and control is the need of the hour or else everything will get messy is what he believes.

Though the crisis or natural outbreaks might be ungovernable but drones can be used effectively to save lives of millions of people. Thing is to make a universal platform for the common under seeking of its good use rather than manipulating the ideas in the long go and switching to war side.

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