Fablab Presents BDRC
With over 3,200 members in 120+ countries, our mission is to promote the safe, coordinated and effective use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for data collection,Emergency cargo delivery and medicinal delivery in a wide range of humanitarian and development settings throughout Bhutan.
Fablab Bhutan´s mission is to develop and championing international as well as national guidelines for the responsible use of UAVs. We would like to promote operational safety and document lessons learned and best practices.
Our objectives are thus five-fold:
Establish clear standards for the responsible use of UAVs and provide up-to-date regulatory information; document lessons learned and best practices; provide hands-on UAV training; inform UAV deployments ; and catalyze research & information sharing.
To pursue these objectives, we have drafted Humanitarian UAV Code of Conduct and Guidelines for Bhutan. Co-organized the first ever "Transforming Mobility through technology" in Bhutan. We taught the first ever Humanitarian UAV training courses to policy maker and change makers for humanitarian and development professionals in Bhutan.
The view from above is key for humanitarian response, which explains why satellite imagery has played a pivotal role in relief operations for almost two decades now. But satellites do present a number of limitations including cost, data sharing restrictions, cloud cover, and the time needed to acquire images.
In contrast, UAVs can capture aerial imagery at a far higher resolution, more quickly and at much lower cost. And unlike satellites, members of the public can actually own UAVs. This means that disaster-affected communities can launch their own UAVs in response to a crisis.
This grassroots approach is important for community resilience and disaster response. Bhutan Drone Research Centre is actively raising awerness to policy makers, change makers and developing internation and local robust network local rip at best of this technology.