09 Sep Lifesaving Drop Mechanism and Flotation Device – Hover UAV
Drownings on Australian Beaches
According to the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia in NSW alone on average 102 people drown annually. There is a significant spike in this figure in summer periods as water users flock to Australia’s beaches to cool off. In an attempt to help with these figures regarding drowning a drone lifesaving drop mechanism and flotation device has been developed.
Drone Drop Mechanism and Life Saving Flotation Device
With the rapid roll out and proliferation of drones as a critical tool to lifeguards up and down our coastlines there has come a need for more and more functionality. Incorporating this functionality into the drones has become essential in an attempt to lower the rates of drownings on our beaches. Hover UAV with Rise Above have developed a drone drop mechanism that can drop an inflatable life saving device to a water user in peril. This device can buy critical time for the swimmers in trouble. Lightweight and easy to use this drop mechanism drops a water activated lifesaving device that can be utilised biding time until help can arrive.
Drone Shark Alarms
In addition to the drone lifesaving inflation device drone alarms can also be used. These alarms can alert in real time water users to the presence of hazards such as sharks. This has become a critical piece of equipment to lifeguards who can use the alarm for a variety of functions. It can be used to alert water users to the presence of hazardous sharks and give the lifeguard the ability to manage the situation remotely alerting those in immediate threat. It can also be used to alert lifeguards on jet skies as to where the drone is in relation to hazardous sharks which is a valuable tool. This alarm has been used extensively for DPI shark surveillance and was used in Evans Head, NSW to alert water users on the northern side of the river to the presence of a hazardous shark. The shark then relocated to the south side of the river where the drone simply crossed and alerted the water users on the south side of the river to the presence of the same shark. Invaluable for remote management of diverse and unique situations.
With the addition of such innovation into drones for lifesaving purposes and considering the drone industry is still maturing it certainly is exciting to think what the future holds for lifeguards on our beaches into the future.