WHAT ARE DRONES USED FOR?
Drones were previously only used as toys by nerds – or as military weapons.
But in recent years, interest in the commercial applications that drones could be used for has exploded. The possible applications are almost endless.
While helicopters or fixed-wing aircraft can perform the same functions, drones are more mobile and cheaper to use, thanks to their smaller size.
The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in KwaZuluNatal has recorded a 92% decrease in poaching after a year-long trial project by Shaya Technologies, which built locally manufactured drones in their factory in Kyalami, Johannesburg.
Earlier this year, the City of Cape Town tested drones fitted with infrared cameras during drug raids by police. The drones could see whether suspects were armed or were hiding drugs.
Both Amazon, the US online retailer, and international logistical giant DHL, have plans to use drones for deliveries. Amazon’s drones will be able to make deliveries by using GPS data from clients’ cellphones.
In Indonesia, drones are used to bring tax dodgers to book.
On the smaller Indonesian islands that have dense plantations, drones are used to measure the actual size of plantations so owners cannot lie about their income.