One of the best investments in terms of handling disasters is prevention. This is especially true for disasters relating to or affecting infrastructure objects like bridges, power lines, gas pipes, etc.
In many cases, manual inspections of such objects are cumbersome and, unfortunately, performed with unacceptably low quality. The easy solution is deploying autonomous drones to monitor and scan for potential issues. Placing a network of drone-in-a-box solutions in critical areas and instructing them to run regular inspections can accumulate data on wear and tear, which is essential to forecasting potential disasters.
Such drone infrastructure could be operating UAVs carrying payloads, such as:
- LiDAR – to scan the surfaces and detect decay;
- Gas sensors – to detect potential gas leaks;
- Cameras – to record visual proof of status.
Drones can conduct pre-disaster surveys and map at-risk areas, which can help officials to identify potential hazards and prepare response plans accordingly. They can also help train emergency responders for future disaster response operations.