Technology / 06.10.20
Drones Offer Aerial Assault on Virus
VenuesNow (05/28/20) Zoltak, James
Several companies are offering venues the opportunity to have airborne sprayer drones disinfect and sanitize their facilities in the fight against the novel coronavirus. Iowa-based Rantizo recently conducted tests at the Iowa Cubs' Principal Park arena in Des Moines, as did New York-based EagleHawk at Sahlen Field, home of the Buffalo Bisons. Also offering aerial sanitization services is OMI Environmental Solutions of Louisiana. Rantizo uses drones from Chinese technology company DJI, which carry 2.7-gallon tanks of disinfectant, while EagleHawk's drones are connected to a hose attached to a tank on the ground. Rantizo's vehicles use radar to avoid collisions, can fly in darkness, and disinfect a 10,000-seat venue in roughly 90 minutes. EagleHawk's drones have compasses, altimeters and multiple sensors, and can be flown indoors through their ability to navigate tight spaces. EagleHawk Chief Operating Officer Will Schulmeister said his company expects to make deals as venues and leagues transition to more definitive reopening schedules. Meanwhile, Rantizo CEO Michael Ott said his firm is offering drone services to leagues and teams, and has drummed up interest from racetracks, arenas, college athletic facilities and a fairground.
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