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City’s Disaster Prevention Drill Highlights Drones

City’s Disaster Prevention Drill Highlights Drones

The Department of Information Technology (DOIT) participated in the “2017 Taipei City Minan 3 and Summer Universiade Disaster Prevention Drill” on March 8. It worked in conjunction with Shilin District Office, GEOSAT Aerospace & Technology, Edimax, DingZing, g0v online community, and other start-ups.

The exercise involves scenarios spanning evacuation, power outage for households with disabled people, telecommunication support and restoration, relocation of residents, response measures in the event of communication disruption, and introduction of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to establish an emergency communications system between disaster-affected areas and the outside world.

According to DOIT, UAVs were used to provide communications backup support during a disaster prevention drill at Daan Forest Park last year. Building on the success of the experience, the Minan 3 Drill also involves simulation of the following scenario:

When the Central Weather Bureau issued a heavy rain advisory for the northern Taiwan, a series of responses will be enacted to cope with alerts regarding weather information reaching critical levels. One of the measures is to employ UAVs for inspecting the damage caused to infrastructure, and providing temporary wireless internet connection to shelters where the telecommunication cables have been destroyed by fallen road trees.

DOIT indicated that the agency will seek to coordinate with the Fire Department in making disaster prevention exercises an experiment opportunity for innovative technology and enlisting UAVs in the rescue crew. Hopefully, the public-private matchmaking results brought about by the smart city initiative will help to enhance the City’s disaster prevention capabilities and offer solutions to urban problems.

Watch the broadcast of drill operations at https://goo.gl/O2oUsk (Chinese)

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  • Updated: 2017/3/9 17:29
  • Reviewed: 2017/3/9 17:29

  • Source: Department of Information Technology, Taipei City Government