Two Top Stories of the Week Highlight SARDO and Prometheus

Two top drone stories of the week highlight the use of search-and-rescue drones and in mining expeditions with the launching of SARDO drone and a folding drone named Prometheus.

First, we have SARDO. It is a drone developed by a group of European innovators to support search-and-rescue efforts. They came up with the idea of using the power of drones, AI, and smartphones, combining them into a single platform. The result of that innovation is Search-And-Rescue DrOne based solution (SARDO) which is to be used as a moving cellular base station, which can do large sweeps over disaster areas and locate survivors using signals from their phones. AI helps the drone methodically survey the area and even estimate the trajectory of survivors who are moving. Read more

Drones have come into their own in so many ways, especially in this time of the global viral pandemic, an article noted. One of those areas drones have  become indispensable tools is in search-and-rescue operations. The article continues to note that in 2021 we will see these types of life saving drone flights finally become more common and predictable. For example, following several historic fire seasons in California, firefighters in the state are now trained to use ZM Interactive’s xFold heavy-lift drones to drop massive fire extinguisher bombs. Read more.

Prometheus, the Folding Drone

Hoping to make mine inspection easier, quicker, and safer, UK researchers developed, Prometheus, a folding drone that can access places forbidden to humans and robots. An article by IEEE Spectrum reports researchers in the UK, led by Headlight AI, have developed a drone that could cast a light in the darkness. Named Prometheus, this drone can enter a mine through a borehole not much larger than a football, before unfurling its arms and flying around the void. Once down there, it can use its payload of scanning equipment to map mines where neither humans nor robots can presently go. – Read more.

Mining is among the most unsafe industries for workers, especially those performing deep underground activities. Workers can be subjected to hazards such as rock falls, extremely humid conditions, gas leaks, dust explosions and floods. Therefore, mining companies have used drones in underground mines to monitor and inspect deep shafts. In addition, drones are also being employed to inspect mining equipment, which is an expensive and time-consuming process, requiring a highly-skilled workforce. – Read more.

Cell Towers Inspection

Meanwhile, in another field, drones are seen to be useful in inspecting cell towers. With regulators focusing on increased employee safety at the same time consumers are clamoring for better network coverage, most major wireless providers are at least looking into the possibility of using drones to inspect cellular towers. Cell phone tower inspection report sheets only specify what checks need to be done to towers. Since they don’t spell out the way those checks have to be performed, drones are quickly becoming one of the more popular ways to do so. – Read more.

Thanks to the advancement in drone technology, more and more industries, such as mining and telecommunications, and public service such as search-and-rescue, are realizing the benefit of using drones in their day-to-day operations.

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