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More Than Just Agriculture: Drones Are Saving Lives

It’s a bird; it’s a plane; it’s a drone.

While the buzzing of these copter-like aerial devices is becoming as ubiquitous as the airplane, it should come as no surprise that the global drone market is expected to increase annually by an estimated 14 percent between 2020 and 2025.

These unmanned vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known as drones, are used for recreational, military, and commercial purposes. They are also saving lives and our planet.

With the increase in humanitarian and environmental challenges around the globe, drones are especially well-suited to give a detailed overview of areas that are difficult to access. They provide critical information to first responders and emergency personnel to deliver emergency supplies and life-saving support.

Drones are also playing a pivotal role in providing solutions for agricultural challenges. Agriculture producers need new strategies for producing food, increasing productivity, and prioritizing sustainability. 

One company that has its finger on the pulse of this technology is ZenaDrone which was created by ZenaTech, a technology solution provider specializing in drone development, tracking solutions, augmented reality, and more. 

The capabilities of drone technology in tracking plant progress in any field resulted in an ambitious expansion plan for ZenaDrone. Founded in 2018 by serial entrepreneur Dr. Shaun Passley as a spin-off of Epazz, Inc., it then became a Canadian company in 2018 to go public on the Canadian Securities Exchange. The company’s initial products were aimed at marijuana and hemp-related businesses that included tracking plants from seed to sale and processing payments. 

In 2021, ZenaDrone set out to help the agri-sector in Ireland close its emerging labor gap through automation. Information from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) indicated that cereal production in Ireland declined by 16 percent between 2019 and 2020, driven by labor shortages. In addition to this, data from Trading Economics showed a drop in the number of people employed in Agriculture in Ireland, from 5.8 percent of the population in 2012 to 4.48 percent in 2020.

“At ZenaDrone, our team has a commitment to innovate, improve, test, and enhance our drone technology to help meet the needs of the farmers in these uncertain times,” said Shaun Passley, CEO, and Founder of ZenaDrone. “We strive to ensure that we are providing the latest tech, most advanced software, and best customer service. We look forward to being able to help Irish farmers and producers and also to welcoming more Irish talent to the ZenaDrone team.”

Drones provide the perfect design to aid in response to humanitarian and environmental issues. The ZenaDrone 1000 combines innovative software and robust hardware design. Its functionalities can streamline inspection and monitoring processes, save field technicians from hazardous work, reduce workforce and operational costs, automate and perform tasks efficiently, and complete tasks that may be difficult or impossible for humans to do.

From helping the agri-sector in Ireland, fighting deadly disease in Nepal along with Dengue fever in Fiji, helping to restore Panama’s mangrove forest with aerial seeding, to monitoring turtle conservation efforts in Goa, drones are on the frontlines of saving lives all around the world.

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