Water pollution-monitoring drone under development in New Zealand

By on August 26, 2013
Technology News

A New Zealand farmer is developing an unmanned aerial vehicle capable of monitoring waterway pollution from above, according to 3 News.

The drone can be programmed to fly remotely, and uses video and thermal imaging to locate river pollution and determine its source. The footage is then uploaded to a website as part of an interactive map, allowing users to help verify additional polluted areas.

Farmer James Muir expressed hope that the drone will allow for monitoring of the less-accessible rural areas of the country.

Waterway pollution is a serious issue in New Zealand, with 61 percent of the country’s monitored river sites considered unsafe for swimming.

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