You heard me correctly, your ears aren’t filled with wax or ear hair. Okay, maybe they are, but I’m not questioning your hygiene, at least not here, not now. Let me repeat; I did say I view Drones as life-saving tools, so the media-in their quest to highlight the negative in everything- well, they can just shove it.
Remember when the Notre Dame Cathedral nearly burned to the ground? Did you realize; one of the primary reasons it wasn’t a complete and total loss, is because Drones, equipped with high resolution cameras, assisted the fire department with locating primary hot-spots, and enabling firefighters to pin-point where the most effective use of water was. True Story!
So you say, how does this illustrate how Drones are used as Life Saving Tools?
Well, how many firefighters lives were spared, by not having to fight the fire from inside the Cathedral? A fire of this magnitude, is bound to increase the chance of injury or even death.
Ok, So your not convinced?
Maybe this will sway you: Unfortunately, fuel tanks have a finite life span, and like us humans, have a tendency to deteriorate over time. But, In order to assess the needs of these tanks, a human was required to crawl inside and take data samples. I don’t know about you, but you couldn’t pay me enough to expose my lungs, skin, and eyes, to this kind of irrelevant nonsense.
But Drones, which don’t have lungs or skin, have eyes which in many cases are more adept than that of a human. They perform well in low light, bright light, and heck even ‘no light’. Try that Mr. Eyball!
Not having a human physically navigate these toxic fuel tanks saves lives, or at the very least, spares them. They may not save lives today, but perhaps in the future. Curbing diseases from repeated exposure to these toxins also lowers healthcare costs. Best of all, drones show up for work on time, sober, and ready to work, every time! See, Drones are life-saving tools.
Ok, while these are worthwhile examples, you’re not sure they’re concrete examples of Drones serving as Life Saving Tools. Try this!
No, not the one you slide down from tree to tree while on your vacation in Beliz. That Zipline may have the exact opposite effect of ‘saving lives’. The one I’m referring to is the one literally saving lives, one pint of blood at a time, in Central Africa.
Delivering Pints of Blood
Zipline Started in 2004, Technology Entrepreneur Keller Rinaudo had a vision to save lives in Africa by delivering blood to hospitals and clinics in and around Rwanda, at a moments notice. The autonomous ‘Drones’ would deploy from a launchpad/blood bank and fly to the hospital with its payload being that of a small box containing pints of blood. The objective was to be able to deliver the product when needed, while shielding the bloods extremely short shelf-life, and eliminating the possibility of any blood being unutilized.
You see, healthcare Logistics is tricky, you either strive for ‘access’ where everything is centrally located, which calls for having ‘surplus’ on hand. Or, the desire to eliminate any and all waste. It’s almost as if these are mutually exclusive and you can’t have both. This didn’t stop Zipline however, with their ingenuity they perfected ‘Access’ and eliminated ‘Waste’.
There are many more illustrations of Drones as Life Saving Tools. Examples like the use of Infrared with small cameras mounted on Drones for example has proven to be a game-changer when it comes to saving lives. Search and rescue using drones is becoming the industry norm, which I’ll discuss in later posts.
So take this as proof, drones save lives! Drones offer so much more than recreational and nefarious uses, and the future of drone applications will simply stun you, so stand by!