Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Bright Future of UAVs

There was a great column on the homepage of Urgent Communications yesterday regarding the growing use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones.

UAVs have traditionally been used for military combat, law enforcement, and security applicaton, however, Glenn Bischoff touched on some new life-saving and life-enhancing uses of drones.

Some of these new applications include a field study of the behavior of wildfires by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks last year, a trial by the New Mexico State University on how utilities can use UAVs to assess storm damage, as well as a research mission into the Bering Sea to accurately count wildlife populations. 

UAVs often get pigeon-holed as a combat or surveillance tool, for which they are highly effective, however the myriad applications for this technology are diverse, and will continue to grow in coming years. 

For more on UAVs, visit Urgent Communications.

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