Could Drones Revolutionize Humanitarian Aid?

"Drone First Test Flight" by Richard Unten licensed under CC BY 2.0
Drone First Test Flight” by Richard Unten licensed under CC BY 2.0

Source: The Hill

According to the Hill, despite their bad reputation in American foreign engagements, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) aka “drones,” have the capacity to improve humanitarian aid- particularly for disaster responses in remote areas. Already, re-purposing this technology for humanitarianism has saved lives. For instance, after this April’s earthquake in Nepal a Canadian medical organization located thousands of survivors throughout Nepal’s ruined temples and cities using thermal image mapping from drones.

The proven benefits of utilizing drones for humanitarian aid don’t end there. UAVs have also been used for 3-D mapping in rural areas, landmine detection, and environmental monitoring. What’s more, UAVs are cheaper and safer than traditional field operations that are often expensive and dangerous.

Read full story at: The Hill

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