Drone imagery

Category: Best news application

Country/area: Bangladesh

Organisation: The Financial Express, Bangladesh

Organisation size: Small

Publication date: 9 Jan 2019

Credit: Md zahid Hasan SIddiquee, Sazid Ibn Zaman and Jasim Uddin Haroon

Project description:

Bangladesh had faced a major threat following outbreak of dengue fever during August-September.  The mosquito-borne dengue fever has claimed 75 lives and infected over 85,000 persons, mostly in Dhaka. We used the drone technology to capture data relating the breeding place of aedes mosquito. The result was huge. Some 36000 potential sources were identified. it was not possible manually as Dhaka city has huge rooftop gardens and its buildings built were not in planned way.  The authorities were convinced by the result and they showed their interest to conduct more such use of drone technology to capture the data.

Impact reached:


  1. The peoples were aware of the sources of the Aedes mosquito which has been killing hundreds of people of the country for long.
  2. The authorities concerned also came know about the potential sources and they are now considering conducting a large survey trough the technology.
  3. Different newspaper and TV channels also later presented news on the matter
  4.  This has human welfare impact.

Techniques/technologies used:

Processing software used in the project. Pix4d, ArcGIS and drone technology used. Colour photgraphy was used to analyse the data.  

What was the hardest part of this project?

Getting permission from the authorities concerned was the hardest part of the project. Bangladesh has law restricting flying drone and need prior permission to take such type of photography.  The data is big and processing the data is one of the hardest parts of the project. It should be selected as it had many challenges from photography to news publication. Apart from this, this has human welfare aspect. There are many areas where such survey is necessary to identify the disease and other anti-human element. It can be conducted in malaria and other epidemic diseases

What can others learn from this project?


The others can learn from this project to identify disease and other potentials sources for the wellbeing of the human. There are many hilly areas, deserts and remote areas where men cannot collect data and such type of survey of photography need much time, this is the quest way of getting data from the target place and target people.

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