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Humanitarian Applications / Disaster Response / Search & Rescue / etc

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patrick Meier Mar 20, 2014. 2 Replies

Hi All,Looking to have a space on DIYDrones where folks can talk about humanitarian applications of personal drones, like Euan Ramsay's recent blog post on using a quad to deliver Search & Rescue…Continue

Tags: Rescue, Search, Response, Disaster, Humanitarian

Humanitarian UAV Pilots Network

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patrick Meier Mar 12, 2014. 7 Replies

Hi All, I've been working at the intersection of technology & humanitarian response for 10+ years. I'm now launching a volunteer network to connect responsible civilian UAV pilots who are…Continue

Tags: Response, Disaster, Humanitarian

 

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Patrick Meier posted a blog post

RFP: Seeking Cargo Drone Partner for Gates-funded Project in Cameroon

We're seeking a cargo drone partner for a Gates Foundation Project with the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization in Cameroon. Grateful if you could help us share this opportunity: http://bit.ly/2OUh6AvSee More
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Patrick Meier posted a blog post

First BVLOS cargo drone deliveries in Nepal (150+ flights)

Over 150 cargo drone flights have delivered over 1,000 patient samples from 8 remote health facilities to 2 regional hospitals for rapid testing. The best part? The deliveries are being run entirely by Nepali drone pilots & Nepali health experts.…See More
Oct 11
jlcortex commented on Patrick Meier's blog post Affordable cargo drone now available after testing in 3 countries
"Don't believe your engineers, engineers always want to do cool things like precision landing, I honestly don't think the M600 has any practical utility in that application. range of 15km? Really? And if it were true How many…"
Sep 20
Darrell Burkey commented on Patrick Meier's blog post Affordable cargo drone now available after testing in 3 countries
"@Thomas Butler - Standard GPS is only accurate to about 5 meters. Machine vision with a target as done here is definitely a good solution. "
Sep 17
Darrell Burkey commented on Patrick Meier's blog post Affordable cargo drone now available after testing in 3 countries
"Great work. Congratulations! "
Sep 17
Thomas Butler commented on Patrick Meier's blog post Affordable cargo drone now available after testing in 3 countries
"Perhaps go back to the drawing board and re-design so there is no need for "repairable". The days of fragile "drones" that smash to smithereens in a crash are over. Those antennas do NOT need to be on sticks when the electronics…"
Sep 17
Thomas Butler commented on Patrick Meier's blog post Affordable cargo drone now available after testing in 3 countries
"What happens when a gust of wind or other anomolie causes the copter to flip; SMASHED antennas? The  idea that a GPS antenna needs to be up on sticks is just plain marketing hype. Properly designed/shielded electronics will not emit harmonics…"
Sep 17
d j commented on Patrick Meier's blog post Affordable cargo drone now available after testing in 3 countries
"thank you AprilTags resemble QR codes and serve as data, identification remote tags Concept is under permanent development to add new features. For precision landing I would suggest triangulation technique, made of 3 AprilTags, identified in…"
Sep 13
Patrick Meier commented on Patrick Meier's blog post Affordable cargo drone now available after testing in 3 countries
"Thanks Chris, yup you're 100% correct -- I'm clearly not the engineer on the team ; )"
Sep 12

3D Robotics
Chris Anderson commented on Patrick Meier's blog post Affordable cargo drone now available after testing in 3 countries
"I'm pretty sure those are not QR codes -- they're more likely AprilTags or one of the below markers, which don't just give a unique ID but also a vector normal, which is used for precision landing. We use AprilTags ourselves, which…"
Sep 12
d j commented on Patrick Meier's blog post Affordable cargo drone now available after testing in 3 countries
""they're simple QR codes for precision landing on the rooftops QR code graphics has nothing to do with any precision or precision landing Printed QR code on white background serves as white target only and for marketing purposes. Placing…"
Sep 12
Patrick Meier commented on Patrick Meier's blog post Affordable cargo drone now available after testing in 3 countries
"Thanks Chris, they're simple QR codes for precision landing on the rooftops of clinics and hospitals. They're made locally using locally available materials. In some cases, for example, Flying Labs have simply painted the code on the…"
Sep 12

3D Robotics
Chris Anderson commented on Patrick Meier's blog post Affordable cargo drone now available after testing in 3 countries
"I like your AprilTag (or whatever those are) landing pad. Did you have those made?"
Sep 12
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Sep 12
d j commented on Patrick Meier's blog post Unusual Solvers Competition on Drones/AI: Over $200K in prizes
"from wikipedia "The Global South is an emerging term which refers to countries seen as low and middle income in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean by the World Bank. These nations are often described as newly industrialized or in…"
Jun 19
Patrick Meier commented on Patrick Meier's blog post Unusual Solvers Competition on Drones/AI: Over $200K in prizes
"Thanks for your kind feedback, DJ.  As you'll have noted from reading the post, the challenges are linked in the above post (see UnusualSolvers.org). As you'll have noted from reading the above post, the challenges are primarily…"
Jun 19

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About Me:
Executive Director of WeRobotics

17+ years in humanitarian technology

5+ years applying aerial robotics in humanitarian and health projects in dozens of countries
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
WeRobotics has Flying Labs in 22+ countries around the world that use aerial, marine and terrestrial robotics in humanitarian, health, development and environmental projects.
Hometown:
Lausanne

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Unusual Solvers Competition on Drones/AI: Over $200K in prizes

Posted on June 19, 2019 at 2:26am 2 Comments

Dear All,
 
We've just launched an international competition in partnership with the Omidyar Network and would very much value your kind help in sharing this new opportunity far…
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At 2:07pm on March 18, 2014, Euan Ramsay said…

"Hi Euan, am helping to organize a drone Search&Rescue challenge in May, wondering whether you'd be interested in having your payloader tested there? Where in CH are you based? Am in Geneva next month"

I am in Unterageri, south of Zurich, but can easily meeting up if needed! What exactly did you have in mind? It sounds interesting, and I would love to see my payloader put to real use by real users!

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