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Drone project lifts life-saving goals
by Imran Mojib February 07, 2015
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DUBAI: The 39 teams whose projects could qualify for the semi-finals of “The UAE Drones for Good Award” competition, launched by the UAE Government during the second Government Summit in 2014, landed in Dubai on Friday to prove their supremacy at the National, International and Government competitions of the award.

The largest drones competition in the UAE received more than 800 submissions from 57 countries, out of which 39 projects could qualify for the semi-finals stage.

Friday witnessed a number of participating teams conducting live demonstrations of their projects, and showcasing their innovative designs in dedicated places allocated to each participant. Most of the projects were aimed at improving services provided to the society.

Mansour Abdulkareem Al Balooshi’s project titled Sanad was aimed at saving lives. He said that the drone he has developed can be used to provide a life jacket and a rope to a drowning person to help him keep afloat till the time a rescue team reaches on the spot.

“This drone can reach the spot upto four times faster than the traditional system of transportation. This can be further upgraded to carry more weight to provide support to a person stranded in the desert,” he said.

Another national team, named UAE Falcons, had also developed a drone aiming at providing support system much faster in case of accident. Feras Naser, the team leader, said that the drone can be used to locate accidents based on notifications from road users and then rapidly fly to assess damage of the accidents and resolve any disputes.

“Human lives are precious. They deserve faster services to save lives. This drone can be used to carry lifesaving drugs,” he said.

However, he said that his project is equally helpful for individual usages. “It is quite common to see people forget important documents at home or offices. With the help of this drone, you can get back the document much faster wherever you are,” he added.

Another innovative idea has been developed by the team called Dronlife. The project is aimed at using a drone for organ transportation in emergency cases. Eduardo Guilen Solorzano, project manager, said that transporting a donated organ is a race against time in which the organ can suffer damage and become useless.

“Dronlife is a kit that allows the organs’ transfer for transplantation from the donor centre to the receiver, in the shortest period of time and as efficiently as possible, maintaining the organs’ integrity and reducing rejection chances,” he said.

The semifinal will continue on Saturday, followed by a knowledge conference, which will be held as part of the event with international experts sharing their experiences and experiments on the latest advances in the drones sector. On the occasion, they will also reveal their expectations about future development process and the priorities for this sector.

The UAE government is organising the event as a part of its efforts to encourage innovation and creative ideas, and to motivate owners of innovative projects to make optimal use of technology to serve humanity and create happiness in the community.

The “UAE Drones for Good Award” provides a unique opportunity to win prize money worth  Dhs4.67 million ($1 million for International Competition and Dhs1 million for National Competition).The award will enable participants to introduce their projects to specialists, investors and heads of business incubators to discuss opportunities of converting their ideas into real-value commercial projects, making the final competitions of the award a platform of innovation and entrepreneurship.

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