Using Drones to Maintain Social Distancing During a Lockdown

Using Drones to Maintain Social Distancing During a Lockdown

In the wake of the recent COVID-19 outbreak which has affected almost every nation, government organizations and law-enforcement agencies are in search of an effective solution to fight this pandemic with minimal human interaction. Drones seem to be an appropriate solution to tackle this menace. Apart from the transportation of emergency medical & pharmaceutical supplies, health-kits and blood samples, these unmanned aerial vehicles can effectively aid authorities in administering a state of lockdown. A report in South China Morning Post says, the Chinese government “has adapted and co-opted industrial drones to help ensure that an estimated 50 million residents are kept at home and indoors across a dozen cities.” A fleet of drones is estimated to replace the surveillance capacity and enforcement duties of more than 100 policemen operating in dozens of patrol vehicles across a 10 square kilometer radius. 3 ways in which Drones can help manage lockdowns While the need for social distancing and self-quarantining has already been enforced by most of the local and national government bodies in the form of curfews or lockdowns, there lies a constant necessity to monitor public spaces, in order to make sure that people are at all times following the state-mandated orders. Equipped with thermal sensors, HD zoom lenses, loudspeakers, beacons, and disinfectant spray jets, drones are playing a crucial role in arresting the spread of the deadly virus. 1. Remote Aerial Patrolling As a response to the current public health crisis, drones powered with FlytNow can send ultra-low latency (<1 second) live-video feed over

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ArduCopter-Sitl for artificial intelligence

This video demonstrates a modified ArduPilot-Gazebo simulation for artificial intelligence (AI). A ROS subscriber is implemented with a AI python script. A human walking actor is added in Gazebo to simulate a human obstacle. More details can be found at my wiki. This video demonstrates a modified ArduPilot-Gazebo simulation for artificial intelligence (AI). A ROS subscriber is implemented with a AI python script. A human walking actor is added in Gazebo to simulate a human obstacle. More details can be found at my… Read More

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4 Ways Drones Help Authorities & Businesses Fight COVID-19

4 Ways Drones Help Authorities & Businesses Fight COVID-19

COVID-19 i.e. the coronavirus disease has been aptly called the Black Swan of 2020 — a global contagion that will disrupt public health and the global economy. With social distancing turning out to be insufficient, governments across the world are moving to comprehensive lockdowns, likely for weeks if not months, in order to ‘flatten the curve’ and get this pandemic under control. Get started with FlytNow Pro for free, to help your employees, customers, partners and the general public tackle COVID-19 safely. Learn more at http://flytnow.com/COVID-19 In these trying times, each company is striving to do its part in helping their employees, partners and customers cope. FlytBase, for our part, is making FlytNow Pro available for free (until at-least May 31, 2020) for customers who seek to deploy drones as an aid to help control the virus. Safety via Autonomy The most powerful weapon in the battle against COVID-19 is avoiding human-to-human contact. Drones can thus serve us well — when used remotely and autonomously. Whether monitoring public spaces via live video feeds, delivering medicines to the last mile, or aiding public safety personnel during incident response, autonomous drones can help minimize human interactions while ensuring that food, medicines and help reach people on time. Monitoring of Public Spaces Across the world, national and local governments have rapidly started closing public spaces — train & bus terminals, schools, colleges, airports, parks, malls — and soon even commercial offices and retail shops. Unfortunately, there remains a need to monitor and enforce such shutdowns, since not all members of

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4 Ways Drones Help Authorities & Businesses Fight COVID-19

4 Ways Drones Help Authorities & Businesses Fight COVID-19

COVID-19 i.e. the coronavirus disease has been aptly called the Black Swan of 2020 — a global contagion that will disrupt public health and the global economy. With social distancing turning out to be insufficient, governments across the world are moving to comprehensive lockdowns, likely for weeks if not months, in order to ‘flatten the curve’ and get this pandemic under control. Get started with FlytNow Pro for free, to help your employees, customers, partners and the general public tackle COVID-19 safely. Learn more at http://flytnow.com/COVID-19 In these trying times, each company is striving to do its part in helping their employees, partners and customers cope. FlytBase, for our part, is making FlytNow Pro available for free (until at-least May 31, 2020) for customers who seek to deploy drones as an aid to help control the virus. Safety via Autonomy The most powerful weapon in the battle against COVID-19 is avoiding human-to-human contact. Drones can thus serve us well — when used remotely and autonomously. Whether monitoring public spaces via live video feeds, delivering medicines to the last mile, or aiding public safety personnel during incident response, autonomous drones can help minimize human interactions while ensuring that food, medicines and help reach people on time. Monitoring of Public Spaces Across the world, national and local governments have rapidly started closing public spaces — train & bus terminals, schools, colleges, airports, parks, malls — and soon even commercial offices and retail shops. Unfortunately, there remains a need to monitor and enforce such shutdowns, since not all members of

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Remote Drone Operations in times of Covid-19

Many commercial drone operations rely on several people in the field: usually a pilot, a payload/camera operator and sometimes additional domain experts depending on the mission type. In times of a pandemic – as we have it with Covid-19 at the moment – you want to avoid people being outside or travel as much as possible. But some drone operations can’t be postponed – for example inspection of critical infrastructure, Search & Rescue or curfew enforcement. In this situations staff in the field should be reduced as much as possible to protect them and the entire population. Sky Drone technology allows you to fully remote-operate a drone and its payload over a 4G / 5G cellular network. Even if your payload operator is in home quarantine – productive work for a mission critical project is still possible. He will be able to control the camera and gimbal from hundreds of kilometers away using low latency streaming technology, capture images and inspect them immediately from home. Using Sky Drone technology we can help you to implement all of the following scenarios, minimizing or eliminating the need to send people to a target operating area. Scenario 1: Pilot in the field, Payload Operator and Domain Experts operate remotely The easiest way to get started is to reduce the staff in the field to the drone pilot only.Both payload/camera operator and other Stakeholders can watch a low latency life stream from anywhere in the world, operate the camera and take still images for

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