Drones Provide Solutions to COVID-19 Challenges
13 July 2020
Over the past few years drones have proven useful over many different sectors, from manufacturing to forestry, construction to agriculture. In fact the Drone Delivery Report by Research and Markets estimates that the global drone market will grow to over $43bn in 2024.
But with the outbreak of COVID-19 drones were called upon for assistance in some unusual ways.
Aerial drones have been utilised during the pandemic to spray disinfectant, broadcast messages to disperse crowds, monitor people’s temperatures and deliver medical supplies, all with varying degrees of effectiveness.
In fact when ferry transport to the Isle of Wight was stopped a project was launched using drones to fly medical supplies to the island, completing a trip from the Solent Airport in just 13 minutes. The project was made possible by Solent Transport, Southampton University and not for profit business Windracers.
And in Scotland, UK drone delivery provider Skyports partnered with Thales SOARIZON to deliver COVID-19 PPE and test kits between two hospitals in the Scottish Highlands.
“Drones have certainly proved their worth during the coronavrius pandemic, highlighting the advantages of remote operations, and this could pave the way for an expansion of drone use, including deliveries,” said James Willoughby, Drone Content Executive at Heliguy.