We often hear about incidences of swimmers drowning because of negligence or too much time taken by the lifeguards to save them. Most of these accidents occur because it takes time for the lifeguards to reach drowning people, even when the guards are on motor boats.
Science has found a new way to resolve this issue – by introducing drones into the picture!
Drones are being developed by companies to be used in emergency situations. Using drones as part of patrolling the sea is estimated to be a much faster and efficient system than having just lifeguards.
So, this is how drones are expected to work: These drones would be equipped with a camera which would keep an eye out for swimmers in trouble. If it finds any person in need of help, the drone would reach the location in seconds and drop an inflatable raft towards them which can be used by the swimmer to stay afloat on water till a lifeguard reaches the location and rescue the person back to the shore.
Microdrones, a German drone manufacturing company, has developed GPS enabled drones with a high resolution camera that can be used for both research and rescue applications.
The usage of drones is not limited to this industry. The agriculture sector has a high demand for drones for the purpose of monitoring the farming lands. The agricultural drones market is anticipated to cross USD 4.5 billion by 2020 as a result of their high efficiency and ability to save both time and money for the farmers.
A recently published press release, stated that the market for UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), commonly known as drones, is estimated to cross over USD 12 billion by 2021 on account of increasing technological advancements in the aviation industry as well as growing number of advantages of drones. Using drones as lifeguards would definitely be the next big step in the UAV industry!