Drones may soon assist code inspectors for construction in the UAE

The recently launched drones will assist inspectors, but may soon replace them.

October 15, 2014 |
Photo: Don McCullough via Wikimedia Commons

The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Labour announced that it will start using drones to help inspectors record when construction sites are breaking laws, Arabian Industry reports.

During an interview with Emirati newspaper The National, Minister of Labour Saqr Ghobash said drones are “very accurate and definitely save the inspectors’ time and efforts, as they allow the team to monitor every movement from the screen attached on the remote control then note any violations by taking close pictures.”

The idea was developed by the Ministry’s IT department, with the help of students from several colleges in Dubai.

According to The National, the drone used by the ministry covers around two square kilometers over a 15- to 20-minute battery-life span. It can fly as high as one kilometer.

A release says that the ministry seeks to develop the project to allow drones to directly issue fines on the spot. The ministry also plans to train inspectors in using the drones efficiently to monitor construction sites and record movements via high-quality images that can be used as clear evidence.

For more, read the report from The National

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