Connecting with a NGO’s, UN officials, charitable organisations and groups like ReAllocate.org, the Civic Drone Centre has been set up to support a range of humanitarian activities, developing and testing new software and hardware designed specifically to meet the needs of those working in remote locations often in difficult and dangerous conditions.
Drones are already being used by a number of NGO’s to deliver vaccines and emergency supplies to the victims of natural disasters. One group in Canada is currently trying to develop a drone-based early warning system for villagers in Africa at risk of sectarian violence. Similarly, in the Democratic Republic of Congo the UN are exploring the use of drones to relay information from conflict areas so peace keeping forces can better protect themselves and vulnerable civilians.
We not only seek to support this work, but advance technologies and understanding around UAVs to allow organisations to better meet the challenges they face.