In cities, traffic jams can hold up ambulances, while in rural and remote areas, the condition of roads can affect the response time. Counteracting this is the first-aid drone.
Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs), commonly known as drones, are not a new invention—they are the modern-day versions of remotely-flown target aircraft used for the practice firing of a battleship’s guns in the 1920s and 1930s.
Drones have come a long way since then, and are today used for various purposes—shooting videos, delivering packages, and even surveillance.
Thanks to the efforts of the students of the St Peters Institute Of Higher Education and Research, in Avadi, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, drones are all set to become life-saving gear as well! The students have developed a drone which is capable of carrying a first aid kit to the scene of the accident in record time.
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As per the Emergency Management Research Institute (EMRI), the average response time of an ambulance nowadays has come down to 9.33 minutes from 13 minutes.
However, this is the average time, and there can be variations in timings due to various reasons. For example, in cities, traffic jams can hold up ambulances, while in rural and remote areas, the condition of roads can affect the response time.
This is where such a drone can come in handy.
“The drone has a built-in GPS system,” says S Parvez Basham, one of the team members who designed the drone, to The Times Of India. “The drone can carry a first-aid box weighing 8 kg and fly at a speed of up to 70 kmph. The prototype can be remotely controlled for up to 3 km, and the team is working on a model capable of being controlled for a longer distance,” adds M Yuvaraj, the project guide.
Although there won’t be a medical professional on the site, the first aid could be put to use by anyone around the scene. “The drone has an interactive display that can play out videos explaining the kind of first aid that needs to be given for various types of accidents and injuries,” said S Samraj, another team member
The drone as of now is in the development phase and still needs a lot of modification. The team claims that the upcoming automated version of the drone will have enhanced features which will avoid collision with birds, insects and airborne objects.
It’s not just the drone that has come a long way, but it’s also the people who engineered it. Kudos to the team for having developed an innovation that can save the lives of people!
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(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)