Drone can drop floats to drown­ing swim­mers

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Shoshana Ke­dem @B_Shosh shoshana@7days.ae

Drone tech­nol­ogy is be­ing used to save lives off the coast of the UAE.

The re­mote-con­trol drone, equipped with four ring buoys, cam­eras and ther­mal sen­sors to scan beaches has al­ready saved two lives so far, dur­ing its trial pe­riod, said Colonel Nasser Rashid Al Zirri, Di­rec­tor of Me­dia and Pub­lic Re­la­tions at Aj­man Civil De­fence.

The mar­itime res­cue team con­firmed that the drone will be of­fi­cially de­ployed by the coastal unit next week, which has res­cued 13 peo­ple from drown­ing so far this year. One per­son has drowned off the coast of Aj­man in 2016.

Al Zirri said each life-ring will carry a cam­era, while the nose of the drone will also be equipped with a cam­era for a full view of the sea surface.

“The drone is de­signed to with­stand high-winds and rains in ad­di­tion to be­ing vir­tu­ally im­pen­e­tra­ble to hack­ers due to se­cret codes,” Al Zirri said.

He added that the drone’s cam­era is able to de­tect in­ci­dents of drown­ing and en­large images of the scene.

“It is also fit­ted with ther­mal sen­sors to scan the beaches for in­ci­dents of drown­ing or peo­ple in dis­tress and dis­patch a res­cue boat to them,” he said.

Al Zirri said that if it is a suc­cess, the drone will be used across other emi­rates.

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