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Researcher Creates Drone System to Give Early Warning on Natural Disasters


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One of the drones.

A researcher at Queen's University Belfast in the U.K. developed a drone system that can warn of natural disasters and function as a Wi-Fi hotspot should telecommunications be disrupted.

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Trung Duong of Queen's University Belfast in the U.K. developed a drone system to warn of natural disasters and function as a Wi-Fi hotspot when telecommunications are disrupted by extreme weather.

The drones collectively create an inexpensive telecom network as they fly over large surface areas and provide real-time data on weather conditions.

The Catastrophe-Tolerant Telecommunications Network (CTTN) can supply connectivity in a crisis situation if networks are destroyed or compromised.

Said Duong, "The research could make a real difference to people living in areas exposed to extreme weather and it will certainly make the work of emergency services much easier."

Vietnam’s Disaster Management Authority has already adopted the system.

From Queen's University Belfast
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