Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or drones; which were once considered toys, are now being utilized in fields that concern the welfare of the general public. One of the useful advantages of drones is it allows you to monitor massive areas of land over a short period of time without controlling it manually.
Aside from the speed of gathering ground information, drones also reduce the risk to human life. Today, the United States and Israel military forces use drones to assess their territories.
The Philippine government is also looking into how drone technology can be utilized in agriculture and overseeing territory.
This is exciting!
Technology for property rights
Land titling or the lack thereof has been a growing issue in the Philippines; wherein over half of the 24 million land parcels are untitled. The residents of these lands reside or build their businesses on them without formal titles that claim legal ownership.
This practice is common in developing countries; however, according to economists, this practice may not be in the best interest of the country in terms of poverty reduction and economic growth. This is because without a formal land titles, property owners cannot use their land as collateral in order to secure a bank loan. They are therefore unable to equate their homes as fiscalassets.
One of the difficulties for untitled property owners is the difficulty and expense of surveying the proper measurement of a specific plot of land through traditional methods.
To meet this challenge, the Asia Foundation is working with the Foundation for Economic Freedom and Omidyar Network on what is called the Technology for Property Rights Project, which aims to make the surveying process with the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or drones.
With the use of high resolution images from the drone and special control points marked on the ground, an aerial map of the disputed plot of land can be clearly distinguished with an accuracy of 95%. The drone can survey 40 hectares in one day, which is faster than the previous method of land mapping.
Currently the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and local government units are studying the use of drones for gathering land information in place of previous traditional methods.
If you want to know more about land mapping using drones visit Asia Foundation.org.
Preparation for natural calamities
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization are studying the use of drones in estimating the vulnerability of agriculture land to natural calamities. They are also looking for better ways to respond to land damages after the disaster.
The initiative is mainly to help farmers assess their crop situation through the potential use of drones, which can evaluate 600 hectares of land per day.
The drones can also help the government determine the best location to build irrigation and storage facilities that can also assist farmers.
If the government decides to invest in drones technology, this will may pave the way for more high-tech advancements in government administrations.