Dubai unveils Flying Rescuer to keep public beaches safe

Dubai Municipality develops unmanned aerial vehicle to help maintain safety on public beaches in the emirate
Dubai unveils Flying Rescuer to keep public beaches safe
The Flying Rescuer consists of a double fan mounted on four folding arms known as Octa-X8 capable of carrying a load of 8kg.
By Sam Bridge
Wed 10 Oct 2018 04:58 PM

Dubai Municipality has developed an unmanned aerial vehicle called the Flying Rescuer, to help maintain safety and security on public beaches in the emirate.

The authority said in a statement that the drone is the first of its kind in the world in terms of design and use.

The Flying Rescuer consists of a double fan mounted on four folding arms known as Octa-X8 capable of carrying a load of 8kg.

It can be remote controlled manually or by determining a specific path for the device and launching it on auto mode to automatically follow its path. It is also possible to remotely control the launch of rescue buoys or rafts reaching the drowning site.

The drone is also equipped with two cameras, one for high precision navigation for live video transmission up to 1km from the control point and the other to facilitate the launch of rescue pipes and buoys to the drowning area precisely.

The UAV has a battery life of up to 30 minutes, allowing multiple flights without having to recharge the battery and it also has the ability to operate at high temperatures in Dubai in the summer.

Khalid Sharif Al Awadhi, CEO of Environment, Health and Safety Sector, said: "The Municipality pays great attention to the development of coastal safety systems according to the latest and most advanced methods.”

Alia Al Harmoudi, director of Environment Department, added: "The drone can transport up to four rings of lifebuoys to the drowning incident area which can support up to eight drowning people at the same time. It can also be used with a rescue raft that automatically inflates when it touches the water instead of buoys to save several people at the same time."

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