Drone technology is rapidly advancing and is being embraced fully by four continents now. Since their invention in 2009, drones have been widely used by video photographers and private entities for coverage. As the United States steps up to involve local authorities in drone regulation through the UAS Integration Pilot Program, UK is moving forward with the Flying High Challenge.

UK’s Flying High Challenge

Sooner than later dozens of civilian drones could dart the skies of UK cities benefiting locals proving that technology is not just "toys for hobbyists’’ and military. Charity Nesta has partnered with a government agency, Innovate the UK, to look into how drone technology can be developed to meet the needs of the urban populace. The challenge is set to work in five urban centers, London amongst them, through a fair selection process to explore how the technology can work efficiently in a busy city.

The aerial photography drone in London is set to assist local authorities in delivering the best services as far as social amenities are concerned. The photography scan will quicken the delivery of critical services such as medical care.Run by Innovate UK and Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, this program is the first of a kind to convene regulators, industries, city leaders, businesses and public services around the future of drone technology in cities.

What will the challenge look to?

The challenge will open technological innovation problems and use regulatory testbeds to detail economic and technical plans that will unlock available market opportunities. It will further explore drone applications within hazardous environments shaping up city plans on the drone technology future. The five UK towns chosen will work with developers and engineers with the first ideas set to take to the air in 2019.

The UK’s Flying High Challenge is set to identify and address complex issues including infrastructure, regulations, law. Safety and privacy.

The Challenge will primarily focus and explore on:

• Delivering emergency health supplies like blood, organ and drug transport around the city.
• Monitoring environmental pollution and irresponsive waste disposal mechanism.
• Keep an eye on the traffic on major roads and highways.
• Work in hazardous environments such as massive floods, fires, and other calamities.
• Maintaining and assessing the risk of crucial infrastructures such as bridges.
• Delivery and logistics
• Searching and rescuing assistance for local authorities and other emergency services.

Organizers speak highly of the challenge saying that its goal is to institute the UK as the world’s leading in drone systems besides the introduction of a collaborative approach among concerned parties. This method is now proving to be efficacious as governments scramble to put forward regulations supporting the industry. Local authorities are requested to share their ideas on how can the drone technology can come in handy in improving their livelihoods.

In the meantime, aerial photography drone in London might have new laws requiring drone pilots to register and take down safety awareness tests to clamp down on scoundrel users. Also, a new knowledge quiz has been introduced that requires UK drone pilots to answer all correctly before their first flights.This might see police given superior powers to prevent illegal usage of the machines and unsafe piloting.

Published by Kaushal Shah