Writing in the academic news site, The Conversation, Brian Lovell, who is research director of the Security and Surveillance Research group at the University of Queensland, believes we are on the threshold of a revolution in aviation ? thanks to drones.
Until now, he says, getting an aerial view of ? well ? just about anything meant sending a human-piloted craft above the site, a sometimes risky and always fairly expensive undertaking and one that drone technology is making increasingly unnecessary.
Surf Life Saving Australia is an example of how organizations can make good use of drones. Roughly a year from now the group will begin using quadcopters to help spot swimmers in trouble.
Bridge inspection, assessing storm damage, and tracking wildlife are some of the other uses Lovell says are well suited to drones, specifically smaller drones. Not only are they a lot cheaper than the military variety, but ? since they?re small ? they pose little or no threat if they crash. One Australian drone manufacturer, V-TOL Aerospace, has a model weighing just one kilogram.Read More