Wadi Drone

New York University, Abu Dhabi

The Wadi Drone collects data in regions where deploying communications infrastructure would spoil the natural heritage or present a human risk to physically retrieving data. The Wadi Drone is a fixed wing airplane with a 2.5​-metre wingspan carrying a small communications payload that retrieves information from ground-based scientific measurement devices.

Product description Brand name and product description

The Wadi Drone is a fixed wing UAV that can carry a small communications payload to receive information from stationary scientific measurement devices – notably, camera traps. It was developed by Conservation Drones in partnership with New York University Abu Dhabi for the UAE Drones for Good competition in 2015, where it won first place, and currently works with the World Wildlife Fund and the Emirates Wildlife Society in the United Arab Emirates’ first national park.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

Currently operating in Wadi Wurayah National Park in the UAE. The goal is to adapt the idea to any remote regions with similar needs.

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

– New York University, Abu Dhabi

– Emirates Wildlife Society

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

Currently in prototype phase and not for sale.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

There are several ready to fly solutions:

– SenseFly

– Skyefish

– Delari-tech

– Parrot

Conservation Drones also has a great list of custom airframes that are used in conservation projects.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 15: protection and restoration of ecosystems would be the most applicable.

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

NGOs and government agencies that are monitoring wildlife or other sensors in remote areas.

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