Wednesday 8th March 2017 was a lovely day to be outdoors flying some drones. We were on location with the team of Drone & Tech Expo Ireland as they demonstrated the usefulness of drones to Dublin City Council.
Even though the Drone & Tech Expo Ireland is on this Friday 10th to Sunday 12th March, its organizers Ian Kiely, Peter Downey and Ian MacMahon took a little time out of their hectic schedule to showcase to Dublin City Council some potential applications of drone technologies for infrastructural inspections and property maintenance in an urban environment.
During the demo, they inspected an iron bridge at Sheriff Street, Dublin, as well as a local city park due for refurbishment. They also examined the roofs of some of the council maintained flats in the area, checking for leaks and heat loss using a thermal imaging camera with their Yuneec drone.
In our photos below you can see the guys in action using two drones – a DJI Inspire and a Yuneec Typhoon. The camera fitted to the Inspire could zoom in on the rivets on the bridge while a thermal imaging camera could be fitted to the Yuneec to show heat loss from buildings.
The representatives from Dublin City Council were very impressed with the information obtained. We had the chance to talk with some of them and they all agreed drones would be a much more cost-effective way to get this information than the solutions currently in place.
In Ireland, drones are already being used very successfully by the Irish Fire Brigade Service and the Irish Civil Defense.
Today’s demonstration, promoted and organized by Drone & Tech Expo Ireland was aimed at showcasing the benefits of adopting drones for inspections and also pre-launched the Drone & Tech Expo event which takes place in the Shelbourne Hall, RDS, Dublin.
Its founder, Ian Kiely, told Skytango in a recent interview that the purpose of the weekend is to educate both drone professionals and the general public on the potential of drone technologies.
Sponsored by Samsung, Bank of Ireland, FM 104, Dublin County Choppers and Co.Mayo among others, there will be drone racing hosted by Leinster FPV, demo areas to test new drone models, flight simulators, and a host of different drone applications to explore, all scheduled to run throughout the weekend by the Irish Fire Brigade, Civil Defense, and other organizations.
A number of speakers will be talking about the state of the drone industry in Ireland including our CEO Steven Flynn who will be commenting on the challenges of being a professional drone operator.
Over 40 exhibitors will display drones, accessories and drone-related services. If you have an interest in using drones for an upcoming project, want to earn money with your drone or want to know how to hire the right drone pilot for the job, come visit the Skytango team at booth # 30. Or maybe you simply want to have a fun day out.
Either way, tickets can be purchased by clicking here: Drone Expo Tickets. Have fun!