As the New Year’s ball dropped and humanity celebrated the coming of a new decade of progress, Wuhan, China – a bustling travel hub housing over 11 million people – had a virus slowly brewing amongst its dense markets and street corners. What would later become known as COVID-19 (and often referred to as the Wuhan Virus or Coronavirus) was finally widely publicized and understood as a potential threat to the lives of many and the health of the global economy.
With the Chinese New Year around the corner, the country had to take action. The Chinese government quickly extended the holidays to minimize travel and made a drastic decision – to implement the largest quarantine in human history over Wuhan. In the meantime, industry leaders have adopted new remote work technologies and procedures to limit the impact of the virus on the economy and their employees.
Similarly, officials have worked together with private industry to seek new technologies that can help directly combat the spread of COVID-19. In this process, DJI and departments across China have deployed drones for known public safety applications, and even discovered new ways drones can be deployed to combat viruses.
As remotely piloted devices, drones are naturally effective at minimizing human interactions, which is crucial when the same officers meant to safeguard the communities can potentially become vectors for the virus to spread.
DJI’s tests with local partners have had drones deployed in four ways: to facilitate communication, disinfect areas, deliver supplies and measure body temperatures. Some of these applications are new, unique ways to deploy drones, and inherently the question around their real impact is still up in the air. However, DJI would like to share a brief introduction to these key ways drones are being used to inspire others on ways they can potentially use new technologies to combat the spread of COVID-19.