Drone use in disaster response tested in Tokyo high-rise district
Jiji -- Feb 12
An experiment was conducted in central Tokyo Saturday to see if drones can efficiently gather information and provide evacuation instructions for people faced with difficulties in going home in times of major disaster.

Officials of Shinjuku Ward and drone experts flew a drone in a high-rise district west of Shinjuku Station after establishing an exclusive radio communications network between Shinjuku Chuo Koen, or Shinjuku Central Park, and Kogakuin University. The park is designated as the evacuation site in the West Shinjuku district with many skyscrapers and the university as the disaster response headquarters in the district.

In the test, the team monitored effects of the wind peculiar to the high-rise area and electromagnetic waves on the drone's flight and checked the transmission of image data from the unmanned aircraft.

Also examined were clearness of the sound of a speaker mounted on the drone to vocally guide people to the evacuation site and its self-flying function using the Global Positioning System.

東京・新宿で、超高層のビル街では国内初となるドローンを使った避難誘導の実験が行われました。 この実験は、大規模な地震が発生し、高層ビルから多くの人が出てきて混乱している状況を想定して行われました。災害対策本部は、上空のドローンから送られる映像で人数や人の動きを把握します。
News sources: Jiji, ANNnewsCH
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