Era of drones: Quadcopter UAV leads with intelligence gathering


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By Pragya Tripathi

New Delhi, August 6: Drones have become an integral part of the security aspect of the world and one of the most quickly adapted technology.

The main reason behind its popularity is that drones possess tremendous capabilities, complex in design and yet are easy to operate.

A person can easily get trained and licensed to fly an RC drone than a manned aircraft.

Drones are highly manoeuvrable resulting in improved performance of their sensors that produce far better outcomes which help in creating a robust database.

Generally, a quadcopter drone is used for surveillance and security purposes. Quadcopter drones bring down costs and improve efficiency to easily monitor vast and hazardous areas with a 360-degree view.

These drones provide threat alerts and can resolve issues such as theft or breach faster by not just getting you actionable insights but also making informed (programmed) decisions, reducing risks involved to human life.

Application of a quadcopter drone in Surveillance and Security:

  • Track intruders and identify threats
  • Get real-time insight into security & emergencies
  • Inspection & maintenance of assets & infrastructure

These quadcopter UAV systems are capable of gathering intelligence, targeting missions and surveying borders.

Drones have significantly been used to ensure the implementation of strict lockdown guidelines and identify COVID-19 hotspots and containment zones.

SVAMITVA (Survey of villages and mapping with improvised technology in village areas) scheme helps to get villagers’ property cards.

Apart from it, drones are also vastly being used for railway and oil and gas security.

Observing the era that is using drones for surveillance and security and a high-speed growth in their demand, the DGCA has eased the rules and regulations to give wings to the civilian users and drone manufacturing segment of India.

“The new Drone Rules will tremendously help start-ups and our youth working in this sector. It will open up new possibilities for innovation and business. It will help leverage India’s strengths in innovation, technology and engineering to make India a drone hub,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently said in a tweet.

The union government announced ‘Drone Shakti’ in Budget 2022.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman highlighted that it would help to establish a drone service model.

With the service model, the start-ups would be emphasized to facilitate ‘Drone Shakti’ through various applications.

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