In one of the more unusual use cases, Morocco is the latest country to turn to arial drones to help combat the coronavirus pandemic.
One of the biggest challenges many governments face is trying to enforce social distancing and self-isolation. Together, the two measures have proven to be the most important factor in fighting the spread of the virus but, as the pandemic drags on, people inevitably grow weary of isolation and often start drifting back toward “normal.”
According to the International Business Times, (IBT) Morocco is using drones to monitor citizens, making sure individuals are practicing social distancing. This includes being used to break up rooftop gatherings and other events that are currently illegal. Drones are even being used to spray disinfectant in an effort to sanitize public areas.
“There is real demand,” said Abderrahmane Krioual, the head of Farasha, a startup that IBT reports has secured funding for drones that will specialize in arial disinfectant spraying, as well as thermal surveillance.
This is just the latest example of how technology is being used and repurposed in innovative ways to combat the global pandemic.