Emergency services in the United Arab Emirates are exploring the potential of deploying drones to light nighttime accident sites. That reports the Khaleej Times. A first experiment was recently conducted to see how this innovation might work. A drone illuminated a spot from a height of 40 meters.
Emirati emergency services want to use drones to light accident sites
For the experiment, a drone was used with a powerful LED light source onboard. This provides a relative light output of 1,000 lumens on the ground. That is roughly comparable to a 150 Watt incandescent lamp that illuminates everything at a low height.
The investigation is led by Lieutenant Colonel Omar Salem Al Shehhi. According to him, one drone can illuminate an area of 4,500 to 8,000 square meters. That is not the only advantage, according to Al Shehhi: “The drone is also safe and can be moved from one place to another easily.”
The experiment is part of a broader research trajectory into the use of new technologies for more effective emergency aid. Drones are already being used in the UAE to assist firefighters. Cameras can detect the exact source of a fire so first responders can quickly extinguish it. Experiments are also underway with advanced drones that can extinguish fires by injecting foam into the conflagration.
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