How Drones Are Fighting The Coronavirus

In January, the CDC warned us.
In February, it spread across Europe.
In March, it became a pandemic.

The coronavirus is now a worldwide crisis.

Like many across Asia and Europe, Americans are finally witnessing the drastic effects COVID-19 puts across our personal, professional, and social lives. From panic-buying toilet paper to panic-selling stocks, the virus has changed American life for the foreseeable future.

As of today, there are over 80,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in America, and public officials are moving quickly to try and “flatten the curve” with government issued quarantines, and non-essential business shutdowns. While some Americans remained skeptical of the potential harm this virus could cause, the markets, experts, and governments have spoken.

It’s easy to get caught-up in the doom and gloom of pandemic concerns, but it’s important to keep our eyes on the prize and focus on what drones are doing to actively combat the coronavirus in order to pluck us out of this mess and back into the world as we knew it.

Now is the time to act, so here’s a breakdown on how communities and businesses are using drones to combat and contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Aerial Sanitization

One of the most unique and useful applications of drone technology during this crisis is in the sanitization of contaminated surfaces without putting humans in harm’s way.

This is accomplished by outfitting enterprise-level (or, “heavy duty”) drones with precision spray capabilities. Drones in this category are built for industrial-scale services, and that includes drones meant to spray fertilizers and herbicides on crops.

As a certified enterprise DJI drone dealer, we know a thing or two about outfitting drones with different payloads, and with quality UAVs already on the market built with precision-based spraying in mind, all that’s left is for cities and states to act quickly to mitigate their infection rates.

China’s drone sanitization practices are virtually eliminating all risk to cleaning personnel in hospitals, public places, and transportation hubs, and experts expect the newly automated practice will save thousands of lives over the course of the pandemic.

Crowd Management

In this new era of “social distancing,” emergency personnel like EMS teams, police, and firefighters are on the frontlines once the health of an individual or group turns sour. But in a pandemic, can we lower the risk to their safety while maintaining their services?

The answer is “yes,” and that’s why the public sector is turning to drones to help keep distances and monitor crowds that gather despite CDC warnings.

In California, the Chula Vista Police Department is readying their drone fleet with thermal imaging and loudspeakers to keep police out of infectious scenarios while maintaining peace.

Drones like the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual (available through our DJI Enterprise Dealership) are ideal for this scenario, as they’ve already demonstrated their ability to carry both optical and IR cameras, as well as the capability to carry either a spotlight, a loudspeaker, or flashing beacon.

Spanish police forces are currently using drones with loudspeakers to enforce city-wide lockdowns, and American emergency personnel now have the opportunity to use similar aerial effects in order to maximize safety while minimizing exposure risk.

Medical Delivery

Medtech companies are using drones to telecommunicate medical testing, delivery supplies, and hold appointments with patients exposed to the coronavirus. The idea is to keep hospitals from reaching capacity while still providing frontline care to those at high risk of contamination.

In this way, drones are being used to ensure doctors can communicate with patients directly while delivering critical tools such as thermometers, masks, and gloves to families exposed to the virus.

But that’s only the beginning. Drones are also being used to deliver food and necessary medical supplies to quarantine patients across Asia. While some may view the practice as overboard, it’s important to note that while the virus originated in China, they are the only country using drones to widely combat its effects. And it’s working.

Drone delivery is still in its infancy in America, but companies are moving quickly to adopt aerial delivery processes to both combat the current threat and plan for a smarter, safer, and more efficient future.

A Smarter, Safer COVID-19 Response

Suntuity AirWorks is committed to a single purpose — to build a better future with the power of drone technology. To help combat this pandemic, we’re offering our complete suite of enterprise solutions to all businesses, communities, and individuals who need the drone equipment, training, and support necessary to battle the coronavirus as safely and efficiently as possible.

Visit https://suntuityairworks.com/enterprise/ to learn more or contact a team member who will build a turnkey drone service package custom fit to your needs in order to ease your transition into the advancements of drone technology.

During this infectious crisis, drones are providing the innovative solutions needed to combat the spread of coronavirus and get us back to business as usual. But after seeing how effective drones have been in combating the pandemic, maybe businesses will remain changed after all — this time for the better. 

 

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Fighting Fires

Fighting Fires from The Skies

This past weekend, Suntuity AirWorks hosted a booth at the Daytona Beach Fire-Rescue 2020 conference, and if you saw us there, you got a first-hand look at how drones are revolutionizing emergency safety procedures nationwide.

But in case you didn’t, you may be wondering, “How can a drone help with fires? Do they spray water from the sky?!”

Well, kind of…

But as that capability finds its footing, drones in firefighting today are used for far more than simply replacing a hose on the ground for one in the air. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Each drone comes with various capabilities. From the tiny Mavic’s maneuverability and speed to the Matrice’s payload customization options, if there’s a job, there’s a drone for it.

This flexibility has positioned drone services as one of the fastest growing industries in the country. Drone pilots and professionals use different capabilities and payloads (cameras, sensors, etc.) for a variety of situations, from roof inspection to survey-grade mapping, so save clients money, time, and most importantly, lives.

Armed with these aerial capabilities, firefighters are being trained to send in drones with protective casing, thermal imaging, and hotspot detection software to pinpoint different heat signatures, structural concerns, and potential victims trapped in a blaze.

Despite their universal use, according to a report, in 2018 only 186 fire and EMS departments were actively using drones in their emergency procedures. But, according to a report by Goldman Sachs, the coming decade will show that number grow significantly with over $881 million expected to be generated by using drones in firefighting.

This is because data is the oil of this next century, and the value of data in an emergency field is invaluable.

When lives and millions in property damage are on the line, seeing through smoke to identify toxic substances or going where firefighters can’t to save buildings only scratches the surface of what drones can do to impact the world of firefighting.

There’s a reason one firefighting technician told CBS drones were, “The best tool we’ve gotten since the fire hose.” Drones are changing the way fires are fought with active incident infrared imaging, post-fire documentation, and data collection processes that weren’t even thought of a decade ago.

Want to learn more? Visit www.suntuityairworks.com/enterprise to see how we’re updating police, municipalities, and emergency response teams with the tools, training, and savings they need to update their processes with the considerable benefits of an aerial advantage.

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Business Drone

Which Drone Is Best For Your Business?

As we wrap up the 2019 holiday season, drones have once again been atop many techy’s “Best Gifts” and wish-lists. After all, how many tech-loving mom or pop could say no to the fun, functionality, and potential of something like this?

But, as the professional market has clearly shown, drones are far more than just toys. In fact, each year, new entrepreneurs will race to Best Buy and DJI to pick up their tool of choice and try to make a business out of aerial photography, inspection, marketing and more.

According to the FAA, there are over 1.5 million registered drones in the United States alone. This tells us a few things.

1. Americans are buying drones.

2. Americans are trying to make money with their drones.

We know this because the FAA only requires drones to be registered if they’re to be used for commercial use. There are undoubtedly many Americans looking to make an extra buck or start a business with their drone of choice, but what does that look like at a larger scale?

Unfortunately for most, a grand majority of these businesses won’t take off thanks to a cool-down of hype surrounding the industry and what aerial technology offers. The good news is that a drop like this means that the hobbyists, amateur pilots, and just-for-fun small businesses have closed up shop.

This leaves the market with a unique opportunity for well-established, professional drone businesses, as well as businesses that build drone programs from the ground-up. Fortunately, Suntuity AirWorks covers both ends of that spectrum, but in case you want to go it alone, you’ll need to know what mistakes to avoid. 

The first choice you’ll have to make is to know what drone to buy for your business — so here’s a comprehensive look at the major drones on the market now, organized by price/complexity, for you to peruse and make a decision for you, your business, or your community. 

For this breakdown, we’ll be exclusively focusing on DJI drones. There’s a reason DJI owns a whopping 76.8% of the drone market, and that reason coincides with how many of their drones continually top the review charts. It’s also why we at Suntuity AirWorks have become certified DJI dealers!

The Mavic Series



When it comes to drones for surface-level business operations, the lowest price point starts you off at the DJI Mavic series. Slick and technologically impressive for their price points, the Mavic series is more than capable of producing marketing videos, arena monitoring, and basic inspections. It’s considered a “consumer” drone by DJI, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still provide slick movement, powerful runtime, and supreme portability. 

However, it shouldn’t be used for most commercial purposes beyond marketing videos or gathering raw footage. Services like roof inspections, cell tower inspections, and infrared are outside of most mavic capabilities due to their lower-end megapixel count. Even so, the Mavic series is an excellent choice as a companion drone to your main service drone, and it should be the second drone you purchase to start your fleet. To find out the specific specs of each Mavic available, you can find a comparison sheet here, and if you’re interested in the latest Mavic Mini, you can find a suitable review here.  

The Phantom Series

The Phantom series is where we start to see the class of drones that are considered prosumer. These drones are typically at a higher price point than most consumers can afford due to the fact that they come standard with numerous capabilities that professionals need.

The Phantom series of drones are versatile, dependable, carry a fixed camera, and offer multiple features such as a collision avoidance system, 20 megapixel camera, 4K video, and up to 25 min flight time. This is the drone that introduces pilots to opportunities in mapping, 3D modeling, infrastructure inspections, and more. The Phantom 4 Pro is the place most budding drone businessmen and businesswomen start.

The Inspire Series

While the Phantom series is great, the Inspire series is where we start to see truly unique professional services come to pass. It is considered a professional level drone, with few real consumer uses. It’s “middle of the road” price point follows suit with more options for professional applications.

Unique features of the Inspire series includes raised landing gear that make 360 camera rotation possible, an option for two controllers (one for pilot, and one for the camera), interchangeable payloads with upgrade options for zoom lenses or thermal sensors, and more. This is the series used in Game of Thrones to film the dragon flight scenes, but it’s also used outside of cinematography for thermography, infrastructure inspection, and high-level scanning/modeling. 

The Matrice Series



Now we’re getting into the big boys of the drone world. The Matrice series are industrial-level drones. Their high price-tag keeps even Hollywood away, but that’s because it’s designed specifically for specialized commercial applications at a large scale. It comes with RTK (with survey grade positioning), 17” propellers, water resistance, high-wind speed resistance, and complete customization for its payloads.

This means that the Matrice series can carry the heaviest, most high-end cameras, LiDAR, and up to three sensors all at once. And that’s just the beginning.

Crystal-clear zoom miles away? Check. Thermal capabilities that can spot the exact sections where a hot-spot will cause a system shutdown? Check. Optical Gas Imaging? Check. With a Matrice, the possibilities are endless.  

So what series is best for you to start, or better yet, best to upgrade your business? Is a Phantom better for a police force, or would a Mavic due well enough for traffic monitoring? Should an energy business invest in a Matrice, or will the thermal capabilities of an Inspire do just as well for their needs?

If these are the types of questions you find yourself asking, you’re in the right place. To learn more about running a drone business alongside Suntuity, visit us at www.suntuityairworks.com/academy. To upgrade your businesses with discounts on drones, staff training, and insurance opportunities, visit us at www.suntuityairworks.com/enterprise.

We’ll know what’s just right for your needs, and we can help you get up and running. Our goal is to evolve your industry will drone technology, and that starts with you. 

 

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New FAA Rules Set The Stage for Citywide Drone Services

Do you remember the first time you ever held a cell phone? Whether it was as a child or an adult, when America made the switch to mobile phones, we took our first steps with both excitement and trepidation. We all knew they were a sign of major changes to come, but none of us could really grasp just how much cutting the cord would alter not just our lives, but the entire country.

Flash-forward to today, and our iPhones are more like mobile computers than mobile phones. Sure, they can still take calls, but the possibilities and advancements of the cell phone exploded as more and more customers bought in to the new marvel of the modern era.

The same cautious excitement has met the drone industry today. When consumer and professional drones hit the market five years ago, people only considered them as a means of videography — like a mini helicopter with a camera. But just like the cell phone, drones are already evolving into the game-changing technology of the future.

This is due in part to new FAA restrictions easing their grip on the industry. In a new move called the Unmanned Aerial System Integration Pilot Program, the FAA has set out to test less restrictive regulations with governments and private partners nationwide to better understand and implement drone technology in the future. 

In May, the FAA selected 10 test locations that will serve as ground-zero for incorporating aerial data into our everyday lives. These test sites will test drone use for delivery, data collection, inspection, city use and more as the FAA relaxes limitations for each instance. We’ve covered the complications of drone delivery here before, so who is really set to benefit when drone technology is more universally accepted across the country?

Overwhelmingly, the beneficiaries of increased drone use will be local communities, co-ops, and cities. Communities and neighborhoods small and large alike are already updating their emergency response, public safety, and engineering teams with drone technology, but significant growth is expected to compliment public departments dealing with traffic, missing persons, mosquito spray, infrastructure inspection, crime scene investigation and more. 

But regardless of the possibilities, the real-world results pouring in from drone services today are also having a direct effect on the movement toward further innovation. Even outside of the FAA’s test locations, states are seeing a rush to implement these services now as opposed to later with drone services that already follow the more restrictive FAA guidelines. 

In a recent “Fly-In” for over 100 public safety officials in Syracuse, NY, emergency responders were able to get their hands on aerial technology and perform routine drone tasks that would save time, money, and lives with drones in the future.

In response to the event, New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Patrick Murphy said, “Unmanned Aerial Systems have rapidly become a critical component of emergency response operations, making it essential first responders have the training they need to utilize these devices in the field.” 

With drone services already impacting communities today and city-wide expansion planned for tomorrow, the possibilities for drone services are almost as endless as cell technology once was in the 90’s and 2000’s. But instead of adding gaming or dating apps to your life, drones will add efficiency and intelligence to already existing public services. On the eve of the drone era, only one question remains — how will drones evolve your community? 

 

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How Drones are Making Communities Safer, Smarter & More Accountable

Drones are changing the way business gets done in agriculture, energy, and telecommunications, but did you know that drone services are making just as big of an impact in your community?

We typically think of drones as a way to inspect industrial processes or annoy your neighbor, but cities nationwide are moving quickly to implement the advantages of drone technology for their first responders, city planners, and law enforcement. What does that mean for your community? The prospect certainly sounds ominous — after all, it looks an awful lot like “Big Brother” when governments and data collecting drones mix.

Fortunately, police departments are already following a safety roadmap to ensure drones are used to their fullest potential in hopes of creating a better, safer, and more positive police force. First and foremost, every police department begins their drone practices by creating a map of the city. These orthomosaic maps are used for various reasons, from mapping schools for active shooter situations to documenting crime scenes, and all of them provide police departments with the one thing they need most — information. 

Police are referring to their 2D and 3D maps to preemptively plan for the proper tactics and investigations needed to minimize risk when a situation turns sour. The better first responders understand a situation, the better they can handle it.

Next, police are seeing excellent drone use when it comes to traffic and event management. Cities that host large events have found that drones help see crowd movement in real time, which helps organizers plan for better crowd efficiency while police can monitor the entire situation and allocate officers exactly where they’re needed.

This same philosophy is being applied to traffic management. Police have typically only been able to dictate traffic after an accident from specific locations along the road, which severely limited their ability to manage traffic as a whole instead of from one chokepoint. Along with traffic light inspection and accident analysis, cities are already starting to see where the flow of people and vehicles can be improved.

How else are police departments using drones? Perhaps most importantly, they’re using them to save lives.

This is accomplished two-fold. The first way is through enhanced search and rescue efforts. Drones allow police to cover more ground at a more efficient rate than with helicopters or on-foot efforts, which have resulted in hikers, accident survivors, and missing persons being found in otherwise dire circumstances.

The second way is through informational de-escalation. It’s no news that American police officers are facing increasing levels of backlash from communities when a situation goes wrong. Many of these events are due to the intensity of a tough situation made worse by the split-second decisions officers have to make every day to either save or take a life.

It’s an impossible situation, but drone de-escalation efforts are being used to help officers and communities alike through on-scene monitoring. By accessing the scene from the sky before arriving on foot, police officers have access to critical information that can help paint a more accurate picture of the threat level of any given situation.

The monitoring can simultaneously be used to record by-the-book police interactions in conjunction with body and dash cams, granting another layer of protection and accountability to every police force implementing drone technology. Drone uses like this are already seeing dividends for police departments applying them with the right UAV tools, training, and systems to ensure new practices help, rather than harm, our communities.

Interested in learning more about which drone equipment and training packages are best for your city? We’ve got you covered. Check out our new Suntuity AirWorks Enterprise offerings to see how updating your community may be easier than you’d think.

 

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The Next Generation of UAVs is Here

The next generation of UAV technology is here, and DJI once again leads the industry into its next phase of innovation. During their 2019 Airworks conference last week, DJI introduced new drones, tools, and technologies to help bring drones into a new phase of precision data services.

One of the most exciting additions was the new DJI Phantom 4 Multispectral drone. While precision agriculture has been made possible by professionals fixing unique camera upgrades to service-grade drones, DJI’s newest Phantom model is set to be an out-of-the-box agricultural offering that maximizes efficiency in agricultural land management.

The Phantom 4 Multispectral was announced alongside the Agras T16 spraying drone, which is set to replace agricultural spraying airplanes at launch, and their timing couldn’t be better.

A new agricultural report indicates that drones will complement almost all agricultural processes in less than a decade thanks to their power to improve plantation, monitor crop growth, and supply important inputs to farmers in real time.

Along with their agricultural announcements, DJI introduced new gimbal attachments that allow developers to add various custom sensors and cameras to their units. 

While all of this is good news for the aerial industry, privacy concerns voiced by many (including the US government) continue to plague the drone manufacturer.  That’s why Suntuity Airworks is here – to ensure this new technology is properly vetted, registered, and signed-off on by professionals who know how to save you time, money, and lives with drone services.

While DJI looks to further innovate the world of drone manufacturing, Suntuity Airworks is positioned to further hone our drone services, training, and city-wide enterprise offerings with the best (and safest) technology available. 

 

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Suntuity AirWorks Awarded Multi-Township Governmental UAV Bid in Southeast Florida

Suntuity AirWorks, the UAV and Drone Services division of the Suntuity Group of Companies with offices in multiple US states including Florida, has been awarded the RFP to deliver UAS training, equipment and services for the Town of Davie and other members of the Southeast Florida Governmental Purchasing Co-operative.  This includes 56 townships, agencies and counties that constitute members of the Co-operative Group.

 

As part of the RFP, Suntuity AirWorks is positioned to supply, train and maintain commercial drones for various divisions of the Co-op members including but not limited to police, search and rescue, and firefighting. The drones supplied by Suntuity AirWorks leverage technologies ranging from infrared cameras for Search and Rescue to artificial intelligence for first responders and crowd control. Suntuity University’s AirWorks Academy will provide both on and off-site training for members of the Co-op.

 

The Suntuity AirWorks proposal incorporated multiple packaged solutions from global companies like drone market-leader DJI and prestigious Suntuity University trainers that are former US military and graduates of aeronautical universities.  The in-depth proposal curated for the Town of Davie and other Co-op members will optimize the safety and security of various departments throughout Southeastern Florida. The Suntuity AirWorks solutions also stand out from its competitors by incorporating not just hardware and software solutions but also training, financing and best practices that are delivered by best-in-class executors.

 

“We’re excited to be selected by the Town of Davie and the Southeast Florida Governmental Purchasing Co-operative Group,” said Charmie Pujalt, Director of New Business Development at Suntuity AirWorks. “Our full scope of solutions for training and equipment purchasing, paired with extensive talents and resources through our user-friendly online platform, positions us as a unique choice for Co-op members. Our services further streamline processes for law enforcement, first responders, search and rescue, security, crowd control, civil engineering, and marketing.”

 

Packages and solutions offered through Suntuity AirWorks can be customized to include training on various UAV platforms and payloads in addition to professional services like UAV program development and FAA Certificates of Authorization.

 

Municipalities can participate by reaching out to Charmie Pujalt at 833.424.7957 or [email protected]. More information on the Co-op is accessible here: https://www.nigpsefl.org.

 

About Suntuity AirWorks

Suntuity AirWorks is the UAV and Drone services division of the Suntuity Group of Companies, with drone and UAV service offerings in multiple countries and across the US. Its hardware and software platforms deliver state of the art industry-specific solutions from DJI, FLIR, Berkley and other reputable organizations. Suntuity Airworks recently acquired BirdsiVideo and Osprey Assessments, two of the largest UAS service networks across the United States.

 

About Suntuity University

Suntuity University is the comprehensive drone and solar academy training program for the Suntuity Group of companies. Students of AirWorks Academy can receive a Certified Drone Professional (CDP) certification through curriculum that covers a wide range of drone regulations, processes, technologies and solutions.

 

For more information on Suntuity AirWorks, please visit:

https://www.suntuityairworks.com & https://www.facebook.com/SuntuityAirWorks/.

 

For more information on Suntuity University, please visit:

https://SuntuityUniversity.com

 

 

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Drone Inspections vs Deliveries

The drone revolution has been happening for quite some time now, and while drones have replaced traditional inspection techniques in agriculture, real estate, telecom, and energy, there’s one industry that has yet to take off with the rest of them – deliveries.

Even niche industries that use drones sparingly (such as filmmaking and surveying) have updated their practices with drones, but companies like FedEx and Amazon have yet to fully integrate drone deliveries into their business operations.

So why are drones excelling in some industries, but unable to deliver in others? 

Well,it comes down to one simple thing – logistics. 

When a drone is used for a typical inspection, it’s flown by a trained pilot who’s on-site with a controller in hand. A full flight usually takes less than a half hour, and the pilot ensures that take-off, data capture, and landing are all done with the client’s assets in mind. This is to minimize risk to both the drone and the client, while simultaneously ensuring that the inspection is being processed correctly.

Now, consider the risks added to the equation when the pilot is taken out of the equation.

Add in miles of flight over people/property, weather changes, and landing specifications all automated with a 10 pound payload, and you start to get the logistical nightmare that is associated with using drones for deliveries.

Drones are not toys, but that doesn’t mean they should be treated like autonomous computers. Take what happened in Switzerland, for instance.

Swiss Post and Matternet teamed up for about a year to transport lab supplies between hospitals in three different Swiss cities. However, in January one of their drones malfunctioned and crashed into Lake Zurich. Diagnostics were run and updates were put out to all of their drones, but just 5 months later, a second autonomous drone crashed – this time mere yards away from a group of kindergarteners.

When drones are flown autonomously (without a human pilot), we’re introducing a myriad of risk factors that aren’t seen in drone service industry. That’s why insurers have yet to back any drone delivery attempts in the US. The risks in drone delivery are greater than in industries that use pilots for planned flights. 

But that isn’t to say the laudable goal of faster emergency services or efficient aerial delivery is unattainable. After all, even the Department of Defense is working to help expedite crisis response times with the help of drone deliveries.

But as of now, the logistical concerns associated with using drones to deliver parcels still need to be ironed out before the industry can catch up to what’s happening with drone inspections.

And while companies like UPS are trying to lobby the FAA for drone flight exemptions, until insurers can be convinced to back the unproven practice from delivery companies, you can bet that packages will remain in human hands.

For now.

Suntuity-Sponsored Drone Racing League Brings World’s Top Pilots Together to Compete

The IDRLC, a Suntuitysponsored drone racing organization, hosted one of the nation’s largest indoor drone racing competitions in an effort to bring more exposure and opportunity to drone racers around the world.

The competition ran from June 27th to June 30th at the Atlantic City Convention Center in New Jersey, where some of the world’s top drone racers competed for a portion of the $52,000 prize pool.

The Open Class Racing event was the first of many planned by the IDRLC to break new ground in the drone racing industry.

“We’re proud to help promote the skills of some of the world’s top racing pilots and thank our contestants and followers for their enthusiastic participation in our events,” said IDRLC Founder and President, Dan Javan.

Learn more about the winners and what else is in store for the IDRLC by clicking here.

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Drones are Saving Money & Lives Worldwide with Emergency Response Teams

While drones continue to evolve old inspection techniques in energy and agriculture, police and fire departments are updating their practices as well to save not only money, but lives in their communities. 

That’s why aerial disaster services are becoming a crucial tool to emergency response teams worldwide.

In the past few months alone, drone use in emergency situations have made headline after headline. In April, during the Notre Dame fire, emergency personnel in Paris depended on drones to look inside the cathedral and identify critical hotspots. In May, the Finnish city of Mikkeli used drone technology in a mass casualty exercise. And just last month, at least two dozen local and state agencies gathered together to train in massive disaster response drills with drones in Colorado. 

But what does this mean for emergencies in your area? 

The answer depends on not only who’s flying the drones, but what they can do with them.

At Suntuity AirWorks, we have a fleet of drones with camera capabilities meant for a wide variety of applications. While this helps us offer the best inspection services available in energy, agriculture, real estate and more, it also provides us with a wide array of disaster relief options.

This is because a birds-eye-views of a disaster only scratches the surface of the data needed in an emergency situation. For example, a breach at a natural gas facility could put hundreds of workers at risk not just from potential fires and debris, but also from the rapid escape of dangerous gases in confined spaces.

Thanks to our work in gas inspection, our drones have built-in Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) cameras that can simultaneously identify invisible as well as visual threats, giving emergency personnel a better understanding of the problems they face. 

But even when advanced tech is not needed, Suntuity AirWorks offers disaster training to pilots throughout the country thanks to our AirWorks Academy training program. Our professional pilots were trained with disaster relief efforts in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina after hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and now they train emergency personnel to use the same life-saving technology we use to better save time, money, and most importantly, the lives of those affected by both natural and man-made disasters. 

To learn more about our training program, visit https://suntuityairworks.com/academy/.