Clean Sweep: How Sanitization Drones Can Improve Campus Safety
In a post-pandemic world, some forward-thinking technologists believe drones could help ensure better campus hygiene and safety.
The Spanish Army has been testing whether crop-spraying capabilities, already used in agriculture, might enable drones to disinfect large outdoor areas. Private companies are looking to do the same in indoor spaces such as Broadway theaters. Could colleges also apply these techniques?
Some hope that small, nimble drones could disinfect classrooms and lecture halls faster and cheaper than human crews. Others imagine drones (also referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs) scanning crowds to check for people with elevated body temperatures or to enforce social distancing.
All these uses are technically feasible, experts say. But it will take some serious engineering to make it happen.