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August 27 2014

From iRevolution Wed Aug 27 2014, 01:00:04

The World Health Organization (WHO) is experimenting with Matternet's new quadcopters (one of which is pictured below) to transport medical supplies to remote regions in Bhutan. The country lies in the Himalayas, which makes access to public health particularly challenging for ... Continue reading →

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August 26 2014

From iRevolution Tue Aug 26 2014, 12:00:30

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) just published a pivotal policy document (PDF) on the use of civilian UAVs in humanitarian settings. Key excerpts from this 20-page & must-read publication are highlighted below. UAVs are increasingly performing civilian ... Continue reading →

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August 25 2014

From iRevolution Mon Aug 25 2014, 13:21:14

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck Ludian County in Yunnan, China earlier this month. Some 600 people lost their lives; over 2,400 were injured and another 200,000 were forced to relocate. In terms of infrastructure damage, about 30,000 buildings were damaged and ... Continue reading →

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August 12 2014

From iRevolution Tue Aug 12 2014, 07:36:43

The Humanitarian UAV Network (UAViators) promotes the safe and responsible use of UAVs in humanitarian settings. As noted in the network's Code of Conduct, knowing national and local UAV laws is an important aspect flying UAVs in a safe and responsible manner. To ... Continue reading →

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July 30 2014

From iRevolution Wed Jul 30 2014, 10:49:41

My team & I at the Humanitarian UAV Network (UAViators) have just completed the first phase of our evaluation and welcome feedback on the results. We have reviewed over 150 UAV models along with camera technologies, payload units as well as ... Continue reading →

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July 29 2014

From iRevolution Tue Jul 29 2014, 01:00:21

I've been advocating for the development of a "Match.com" for disaster response since early 2010. Such a platform would serve to quickly match hyperlocal needs with relevant resources available at the local and national level, thus facilitating and accelerating self-organization following ... Continue reading →

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July 19 2014

From iRevolution Sat Jul 19 2014, 10:58:16

Superficial conversations on the challenges and opportunities of using UAVs in humanitarian settings reveal just how many misconceptions remain on the topic. Evidently, those engaged in these perfunctory discussions are not particularly well informed. This is admittedly due to the fact that humanitarian ... Continue reading →

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July 17 2014

From iRevolution Thu Jul 17 2014, 13:51:33

Earlier this year, Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 suddenly vanished, which set in motion the largest search and rescue operation in history--both on the ground and online. Colleagues at DigitalGlobe uploaded high resolution satellite imagery to the web and crowdsourced the ... Continue reading →

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July 15 2014

From iRevolution Tue Jul 15 2014, 08:23:11

The first version of the Humanitarian UAV Network's Crisis Map of UAV/aerial videos is now live on the Network's website. The crowdsourced map features dozens of aerial videos of recent disasters. Like social media, this new medium--user-generated (aerial) content--can be used by humanitarian organizations ... Continue reading →

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July 9 2014

From iRevolution Wed Jul 9 2014, 12:24:47

"What if, to solve our problems, we simply need to rise above them?" CartONG and France's OpenStreetMap (OSM) community recently teamed up to support OSM Haiti's disaster risk reduction efforts by deploying a small UAV, "which proved very useful for participatory mapping." The video ... Continue reading →

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