TechKNOW Tomorrow – Drones are Changing Dangerous Jobs

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Most of us have heard our fair share of horror stories relating to accidents at work. What many might not know is that one of the worst offenders for work-related accidents is a confined space.

Take the case in which three workers died from poisonous gas while working underground in Florida. Or the two men in Ontario who died in an underground vault while trying to install fibre-optic cables for Bell. Numerous jobs require workers to get into confined spaces that may be incredibly dangerous: electricians, rescue workers, welders, construction labourers, inspectors… the list goes on and on.

And while there are safety protocols in place to avoid these types of accidents, they still happen more frequently than they should. So what if there was a safer approach to this type of work, a method of inspecting confined spaces before having to enter them? One company may have the answer.

Elios 2 for Dangerous Work Conditions

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This nifty little invention takes your average flying drone and places a safety net around it, allowing it to reach spots that humans shouldn’t have to. At the same time, it prevents any possible damage to the drone for continuous efficient use.

Image by Flyability via Flyability.

It can be used inside of chimneys to look for cracks, storage tanks to search for corrosion, oil tanks to detect anomalies, caves to find trapped spelunkers, or even burning buildings to save civilians.

If the Elios 2 is actually capable of surviving extreme heat or cold, it can literally be lifesaving for both workers and people in need of rescue. If you ask us, that sounds pretty cool!

Elios 2 for Special Forces and Coast Guards

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Another awesome application for the Elios 2 is in how it aids in public safety. For Special Forces operations, it can fly rapidly through a building with a thermal sensor (“heat vision”), allowing it to detect hostiles through walls and minimize casualties. This is particularly useful in cases involving hostages.

Similarly, it can minimize coast guard casualties by clearing rooms and capturing tight corners or angles of opposition. It can even reduce the time it takes to search a ship for illegal cargo!

While most of us won’t be using these drones, some of us may find ourselves on the receiving end of a rescue involving one. With the Elios 2 available now, we can only speculate on the future of mechanical drones as they make efficient use of our time and, most importantly, prevent serious injuries or fatalities.

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