Switzerland-based drone solutions firm Sensefly has teamed up with a non-governmental human rights organisation to provide humanitarian relief and support with the application of aerial imaging.
Sensefly, which is a subsidiary of Parrot, provided Human Rights Watch with a small, handheld unmanned aerial vehicle to investigate the health risks of domestic waste burning in the Lebanon.
The organisation was able to survey three open waste sites and collect thousands of aerial images, which the company has analysed and presented in a report, which was published last month.
A spokesperson from Human Rights Watch said: “The potential of drones, and robotic technology more broadly, for human rights investigations is strongest when satellite sensors are not feasible or appropriate to use.
“Drones can operate under heavy clouds and at times of the day and night when satellite sensors cannot. And drones allow us to collect images and live video remotely at a level of detail impossible with even the most advanced satellite technology.
“Most importantly, drones offer an alternative to field research that can be significantly safer and more secure, for example, when physical access is restricted or denied.”
A video displaying the team’s use of the UAV can be found below.