Drones for Good

Using Drones to Improve Peoples Lives


Drones for Good Award

“We want to reach to people before they reach us. We want to save time, to shorten distances, to increase effectiveness and to make services easier.”

These were the words of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, at the Government Summit, February, 2014, as he launched the United Arab Emirates (UAE) “Drones for Good” award.

The first of its kind and scale, the Award is dedicated to transforming these exciting technologies into practical solutions for improving people’s lives today.

“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed believes that technology should be used for the good of people and in the service of the people, and that governments should be the first to adopt the latest technologies, ” said H.E. Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs.


Please mail us droneflyers@gmail.com if you have any ideas on how Drones, Quadcopters, Multi Rotors, RC Vehicles or UAV’s can be used for the good of the community, They are already being used in search and rescue, in agriculture for medicine delivery and to deter poachers. If you have  a great idea on how UAV’s, Quadcopters or Drones could be used to benefit humanity we would love to hear from you.

Drone Social Innovation Award
This is an award sponsored by NEXA Capital partners and is offering a $10,000 prize for the most socially beneficial, documented use of a drone platform costing less than $3,000. Read more

Monitoring Wildlife with Drones

The research council in Norway has granted The Institute of Marine Research funding for a three year initiative that will use Drones (UAV’s) to monitor and count the population of drift seals. The Drones will operate from a ship and will be used in areas where flying traditional aircraft can prove hazardous. This worthwhile use of Drone technology is likely to be far more cost effective and safer

The National Tiger Conservation in India have announced they will use Drones to monitor the tiger population and act as a deterrent against poachers. They will roll out this initiative in the Panna National reserve on January 9th. The Wildlife Institute of India had to apply for clearance from the MOD and these trials are being sponsored by the WWF. The NTCA will use Drones and Quadcopters supplied by Conservation Drones a US based company.

Drones are being used in Africa’s national parks to help rangers look out for potential poachers  and act as a protection device for Rhino’s. The Drones have been fitted with smart sensors that can recognise individual animals and the unmanned aerial vehicles can use GPS to tag images with location details.

Five ways Drones could do some good in 2014
Lily Hay Newman looks a number of ways Drones delivering defibrillators, search and rescue, Drones in conservation work in South East Asia, fighting forest fires, mapping glaciers and sea ice, search and rescue,monitoring marine life in Alaska and Matternet a group that claims “doing good is our first priority.”

Drones in Agriculture

Click the above link to view a great video from the University  North Dakota on how drones can be used in agriculture.

agri drone

Agriculture Drone checking the crops

In Kansas the agriculture center are investigating ways of using unmanned aerial vehicles. One of the engineers at the center Randy Price told us that they have used Drone technology to check sugar cane for freeze damage and are working toward having sensor equipped Drones to measure crop growth. This will enable farmers to judge better were fertilisation is needed.

Drone in  Archaeology

Drones are being used to monitor archaeology sites in Tujillo, Peru by Luis Castillo as a site protection tool and to speed up site surveys

Drones in Research

Quadcopter control in three-dimensional space using a noninvasive motor imagery-based brain–computer interface from the journal of neural engineering Click here for research findings

A great example of how Quadcopters can be used in research

Drones in Conservation

Drones to save lives

Surf lifesaving in Australia have been investigating the possibility of using unmanned aerial vehicles to scan the sea for sharks. They have also used them along Queensland coast to help locate swimmers in trouble.

Drones have become an extremely useful tool in the quest to combat wildfires in the US. They are used as a fast provider of information on fire conditions and relay the information to firefighters so they can make better informed decisions on combatting the blaze.

lifeguard drone

Drone lifesavers in the Caspian sea

In the Iranian Caspian sea tests have taken place using a Pars robot Drone to drop life rings  acting as remote lifeguards

Bill Gates is going to use Drones to deliver vaccines

Read More about this great initiative (click here)

Your new (old) building inspector

In Croatia Drones have been used to inspect masonry by Next Generation Vision. A white paper Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Remote Building Inspection and Monitoring can be accessed by clicking the link below

Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Remote Building Inspection and Monitoring

Your pipeline inspector

The oil industry have been analysing on how they can use Drone technology and unmanned aerial vehicles to inspect oil fields and equipment. Because of the low flying abilities of Drones and Quadcopters they can relay more detailed information than traditional aircraft and have proven to be far more cost effective.

Your 3D printed building

A Swedish company Spotscale will deliver a 3D model of your building. They take detailed images using unmanned aerial vehicles and covert these images to 3D printing files.

Drones for Good


Drones for Good
Drones for Good from Ideo.org

One comment

  1. Has anyone thought about using drones to deploy life-lines (small line attached to drone, which is attached to heavier line)? Used by Coast Guard and similar rescue work.

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