What We Could See from Drones in 2020

By Aubrey Chalene

It’s no secret that drones have impacted many industries over the last decade. From military initiatives to efficient farming, drones haven’t been shy in promoting quick and easy fixes. 

 

Here’s where you may see more drone involvement in 2020: 

 

Disaster Scenarios

In June 2019, at least two dozen local and state agencies were training on how to use drones for the worst case scenario. Rather than sending a first responder into harm’s way, a “first responder” AKA a drone can arrive by air. 

Additionally,  the rest of the world gets a close look at all the action with drone flying close to a scene, at angles a helicopter could never reach. For example, the burning of the Notre Dame Cathedral.

 

Advertising

Yes, a drone billboard is a thing. Consider it a high-tech, modernized blimp. The Drobotron has a 360 degree LED video screen mounted on a drone. Video clips, still photos, and text can all be simply uploaded to the drone before taking flight. It’s as simple as that. But the fun doesn’t end there, the Drobotron can also be used to display emergency messages during search and rescue operations or serving as a scoreboard over the water at surfing competitions. 

Photo: CBS News

 

Life-Saving Deliveries

Just over a year ago, a drone delivered potentially life-saving vaccines to 13 children and five pregnant women in Cook’s Bay, a community of the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu. The remote community does not have a health center or even electricity. In addition, man can only reach the community by small boats or on foot. Therefore, the drone covered about 25 miles of rainforests and rugged mountain terrain to reach those in need. How long until Doctors without Borders jumps on this incredible innovation? 

 

Waste Management

It’s seems trendy or fad-like to use metal straws to save the sea turtles or biodegradable bags when grocery shopping, but drones are taking global waste management to new heights. A roomba-like drone basically vacuums waste that floats at sea-level in ports and harbors where a lot of plastic and waste is dropped into the ocean. 

Photo: cbinsights.com

 

Sports

You’ve seen the cameras being towed from one end of a massive football stadium to another (SkyCam in particular), but what about a bird’s eye view, even when the stadium roof is open? Aerocline (or Aerobo) offers live sports broadcast services that have already been used in a number of live sporting events. This guaranteed to be a major broadcasting trend in 2020. 

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. It is great to see drones being utilized in the waste management/environmental areas.

  2. I like how the vertical markets for drones are ever increasing as technology improves.

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