KHALEEJ TIMES, Thursday, Oct 11, 2018 | Safar 2,1440
New drone joins Dubai beach rescue team
The Dubai Municipality has developed a drone, the
'Flying Rescuer', designed to quickly respond to drowning cases.
Alia Al Harmoudi, director of environment
department, said the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), could transport up to four
rings of lifebuoys to rescue up to eight people drowning simultaneously. It has
been programmed to respond to both group and individual drowning cases.
The 'Flying Rescuer' gives the initial response to
drowning, making rescue operations on holidays and weekends easier.
"It can also be used with a rescue raft that
automatically inflates when it touches the water, instead of buoys, to save
several people at the same time," Al Harmoudi said.
The 'Flying Rescuer' is one of the latest
innovations added to the Coastal Rescue and Safety System run by the
municipality, which has achieved zero fatality due to drowning cases since its
opening in 2016.
The total number of rescue and relief cases for
the team was 2,139, of which 330 were group drowning cases, or 15 per cent of
all rescue and relief operations at the rate of 3 to 4 people drowning at the
The drone consists of a double fan mounted on four
folding arms known as Octa-X8 capable of carrying a load of 8kg. It can be
remote-controlled manually or by determining a specific path for the device and
launching it on auto mode to automatically follow its path.
The drone is equipped with two cameras, one for
high-precision navigation for live video transmission up to one kilometre from
the control point and the other to facilitate the launch of rescue pipes and
buoys to the drowning area precisely.
The UAV has a battery life of up to 30 minutes,
allowing multiple flights without having to recharge the battery. It also has
the ability to operate at high temperatures in Dubai in the summer.
It makes it possible to remotely control the
launch of rescue buoys or rafts reaching the drowning site.
The new technology aims to strengthen the Coastal
Rescue and Safety System with modern equipment and artificial intelligence,
especially with the increase of visitors to public beaches.
THE FLYING RESCUER'S FEATURES
>Four folding arms (Octa-X8) that can carry up to
>Two cameras for navigation and live video
transmission up to 1km from control point
>Can transport four lifebuoys for up to eight
>Can deploy a rescue raft to accommodate more
>Can be controlled manually or on auto mode
>Battery life of up to 30 minutes
>Can operate at high temperatures