Drone Technology (or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) is changing the way we perceive logistics in more ways than one. One of the most disruptive technologies of the current times, drones are not only attracting huge investments across the World, but also taking the attention of governments.
While Pakistan and China were reportedly developing a fleet of unmanned vehicles for armed forces, India accelerated its plans to purchase drones from Israel for use by the armed forces. Although India used automated drones for the first time during Kargil war in 1999, DRDO Rustom remains one of the most iconic drones developed for army use in-house by Defence Research and Development Organization.
So, unmanned aerial vehicle technology and science covers a wide range of aspects, right from the aerodynamics of the drone, materials deployed in building a physical UAV, to the circuit boards, chipset and software which are the actual brains of the drone.
Drones are generally build of light composite material to keep it light-weighted. While most of the people frame a remote controlled flying machine when talking about drone, there have been attempts at creating fully automated drones with GPS technology in-built in them.
While commercial use of drones by civilians has not made its way into the law books anywhere in the World, governments are opening up to the technology slowly. The path breaking technology can revolutionize the way we live in more ways than one. While Amazon Prime Air targets to use drones for delivery of goods to a customer, it was DHL which has been working on delivery through drones since long back.
A startup has created ‘Social Drones’, which were used for disaster relief during Uttarakhand floods, whereas AirPix is specializing in aerial photography and video production. Clients include real estate agents, tourism organizations, to journalists in disaster zones.
Edall Systems, is doing some pioneering work in the field. It is a Bangalore-based company that provides engineering, design & manufacturing services, drone development, and unmanned aerial vehicle training programs for students and professionals. There are also companies (like Bangalore Based Aurora Integrated Systems) who are directly working with DRDO and the Indian Army to provide them with new age drones for their use.
While most of the uses of drone technology revolve around logistics, delivery and defence, it is very interesting to see how this tech of the future can be used in everyday chores of lives. While Canadian-born Royal Mail’s CEO has indicated that they are considering drones for air-mails, a huge number of organizations across the Globe are also considering the use of drones in farming.
Searching for missing people, taking crime scene photos and random security checks are some of the uses that can be made by the police personnel with the use of drones fitted with High Definition Cameras.
Sagrada Familia, the iconic Church in Barcelona, is considering the use of drones to complete the construction work which has a deadline of 2026. This indicates the wide range of activities that a drone can carry out in construction work right from imaging of the exteriors, to building high walls and ensuring staff safety.
These are just a very few ways in which this technology can affect our lives. While we look forward to government approvals for civilian use of Drones, it will be very interesting to see how this tech shapes up in India to make lives easier and have the last mile impact to raise the standards of living in a country like ours.