Drone technology is being used to save lives off the coast of Ajman.
The remote-control drone, equipped with four ring buoys, cameras and thermal sensors to scan beaches has already saved two lives so far, during its trial period, Colonel Nasser Rashid Al Zirri, Director of Media and Public Relations at Ajman Civil Defence, said.
The maritime rescue team has confirmed that the drone will be officially deployed by the coastal unit early next week after the area has seen 13 cases of drowning, from them one has died.
Al Zirri said that each life-ring will carry a camera, while the nose of the drone will also be equipped with a camera for a full view of the surface of the sea.
“The drone is designed to withstand high-winds and rains in addition to being virtually impenetrable to hackers due to secret codes,” Al Zirri said.
He added that the drone’s camera is able to detect incidents of drowning and enlarge images of the scene by up to 38 times.
“It is also fitted with thermal sensors to scan the beaches for incidents of drowning or people in distress and dispatch a rescue boat to them,” he said.
He said if it is a success, the drone will be used across other emirates in the future.