Category Archives: Drones At Work

Drone used to lay cable to provide ultrafast broadband to a remote Welsh village

Cable company Openreach used the drone to avoid having to lay cable across “challenging” terrain that included woods, a river and steep hills.

The drone was flown across a section of forest near Pontfadog, Wrexham, to help sling wires between telegraph poles.

The community’s 20 homes now have access to ultrafast broadband that can run at speeds of up to 1Gbps.

“If we tried running the cable through woods it was also very likely we’d get it caught up in branches and other natural obstructions, so we figured the best option was to fly it in over the top of the tree canopy and then lift it up to make sure it was clear of the tree line.”

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Chili powder-sprinkling drones are a first from India’s maiden drone police squad.

Aurangabad, India police aren’t the first to use drones in policing globally or in India but a unique Indian use case developed by the squad – the proposed sprinkling of concentrated chilli powder through drones to control unruly mobs – is a first. It is perhaps patent-worthy, too, says Yashasvi Yadav, an IIT graduate who is the police commissioner of Aurangabad.

The drone squad will have four drones and will carry up to 2 kg of chili concentrate. These drones will fly back to the command center before their batteries drain out or there’s any other emergency, all controlled using software.

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FAA approves “Flying Cow” drones to restore Puerto Rico cell network.

The tethered Flying Cow drones will act as mobile cell towers in the sky while repairs in the area take place.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the use of drones to act as mobile cell phone towers in the ravaged area of Puerto Rico.

Close to two months after the Caribbean island was struck by Hurricane Maria, buildings remain in tatters and there is still a lack of cellphone reception, electricity, and online access.

Residents are able to apply to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) for assistance, but as reported by The Guardian, there is no longer an infrastructure available which allows citizens to do as much as make a phone call or fill out an online form.

 

Without what we now often consider basic services in the West, residents have been left, in many accounts, stranded without a means to access help.

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