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Hyderabad is using drones for implementing COVID-19 lockdown

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As India is locked down till 14th April to stop spread of deadly COVID 19, authorities are making all efforts to confine people at home. To make it more effective and ensure citizens are safe and are inside their home Hyderabad, a southern state of the county is using drone technology for surveillance of the city.

Cyient, a global engineering and technology solutions company has provided Hyderabad Police two drones for surveillance to help implement the COVID-19 related lockdown in the city.

Announcing the partnership with Cyeint for the drone surveillance Hyderabad police tweeted, “great collaboration with Cyient to stop the spread of COVID-19. Their drone-based surveillance is assisting our ground forces to monitor sensitive areas in the city. Visuals from the drones are enabling correct decisions on moving forces to sensitive areas.”

The technology is enabling the police to make lockdown-related announcements and organize their ground forces to monitor the situation in congested areas of the city.

How Drone is helping

Cyient’s drone-based aerial inspection capability is positively augmenting the police’s ability to combat the spread of the pandemic. Drone technology is helping police to understand and deploy resources very quickly and to manage evolving situations in realtime. These Drones are equipped with surveillance cameras and thermal imaging payloads that helps to know where people are so that police can take action in ensuring people’s safety. Using thermal imaging technology the drones are providing a live feed to the police in the command control room during night time as well and even in areas where there are no streetlights.  These drones are also equipped with sky speakers as well for public announcements.

China from where this pandemic originated also used drone technology to warn people to stay at home and for advicing them to wear masks. Many other countries like Spain, Italy among others are using the technology for medical deliveries, spraying disinfectant over large areas with retrofitted agricultural drones and using attached thermal cameras to take people’s temperatures.

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