Monday, April 13, 2020

Drones: The invincible frontline workers in India''s fight against coronavirus

New Delhi: With India under lockdown to stem the spread of coronavirus, drones are proving to be a crucial tool in the functioning of law enforcement authorities and other government agencies which are deploying these Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for carrying out surveillance, sanitisation and to reach out to people, minimising the risk of infection for their personnel.

While Gujarat Police is using 200 drones across the state to monitor people''s movements, Delhi Police has deployed them to ensure people follow social distancing in Asia''s largest fruit and vegetable wholesale market Azadpur Mandi. Municipal authorities in Madurai are utilising them to disinfect areas near the coronavirus wing of a city hospital.

These are only a few examples of UAVs being used in the fight against coronavirus.

However, government agencies aren''t the only ones to tap into technology in these tough times, media organisations are also using drones to show people confined indoors the impact of the world''s biggest lockdown.

"It is fair to assume that out of 20,000 drones registered with the government, about 450-500 drones are already being used all across India to assist different states and law enforcement agencies," Smit Shah, Director - Partnerships, Drone Federation of India (DFI) told PTI.
13/04/20 Deepak Patel/PTI/Outlook

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