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Republic of Turkey Ministry of Interior Disaster and Emergency Management Authority

UAVs Will Save Lives during Disasters 12 June 2018

UAVs Will Save Lives during Disasters

Within the framework of cooperation between the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) and the Police Department, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will swiftly take images during the times of rescue, debris search, landslides, earthquakes and similar crisis.

Head of AFAD Dr. Mehmet Güllüoğlu and Police Department Aviation Directorate Chairman Uygur Elmastaşı attended a ceremony organized on the occasion of including locally produced “Çağatay” UAV into the inventory of AFAD at the Police Heliport at the  Gölbaşı Aviation Department near Ankara.

Locally produced Midi Unmanned Aerial Vehicle “Çağatay” which has vertical take-off and landing capabilities has been integrated to the specially equipped communication vehicle inventory by AFAD.

UAV and its camera as well as momentary monitoring of images taken by the UAV were tested during a test flight.

Elmastaşı thanked AFAD for integrating UAVs into its system adding that UAVs can be operated via mobile devices all over Turkey during the times of emergencies and similar incidents. “Çağatay UAVs is a system that can be efficiently used in 81 cities of the country. UAVs have allowed us to be mobile and more effective. They have increased our deterrent force. Our security has reached the skies.”

"Technology achieves its purpose when it serves human kind”

Head of AFAD Dr. Mehmet Güllüoğlu stated that cooperation with the Police Department Aviation Directorate has been continuing for years and momentary images were taken by helicopters since very recently.

Noting that the use of UAVs during times of crisis has increased the image taking capacity of AFAD, Güllüoğlu said public offices should use their resources efficiently and cooperation is important within this context.

Güllüoğlu underlined that his office has been carrying out a well-established cooperation effort with the Police Department and Aviation Directorate and AFAD will be using images taken by UAVs via mobile image processing device. “Technology achieves its purpose when it serves human kind. Accession to images before, during and in the aftermath of a crisis will help us to ease the pain of the suffering of people, help searching missing persons during the times of landslides, when they are trapped under debris and lost during earthquakes,” said Güllüoğlu.

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