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Census Team Uses Drones To Carry Out Work

Census Commissioner Epeli Waqavonovono said they have formed a partnership with a technology drone company to improve its 2017 census work. “The aerial photos were that the ones we had,
11 Jun 2017 15:35
Census Team Uses Drones To Carry Out Work
The drone that will be used for Census works. Photo: Arishma Devi-Narayan

Census Commissioner Epeli Waqavonovono said they have formed a partnership with a technology drone company to improve its 2017 census work.

“The aerial photos were that the ones we had, had been very outdated so this modern technology 20 years later will achieve that.”

Mr Waqavonovono was speaking on Friday at the Census 2017 press conference with Drone Services Fiji.

The company demonstrated earlier its capability to bureau officials at the Ratu Sukuna House Building in Suva.

Drone Services Fiji director Richard Russell said the firm is a representative of  a global addressing system, what3Words.

Mr Russell said: “And what we are doing is using our data we collecting with our mapping drones to improve the imagery that is available so that what3words has better imagery.

“It means anyone can accurately find any location and share it more quickly, easily and with less ambiguity than any other system.”

The project will be carried out  over informal settlements in the Suva-Nausori corridor.

Mr Russell said five drone pilots had been tasked by Drone Services Fiji to capture and map the 27 squatter regions in a period of a week.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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