We have always heard about negative use of drones or most of the times drones for surveillance purposes.
But now two testing centers in Luoyang city of China will use surveillance drones to monitor college entrance exams to prevent students from cheating and smuggling electronic devices inside the center.
The entrance test results will determine future of the students and which university they can go for high education. Authorities claim the cheating methods include using electronic communication devices such as smartphones, wireless equipment or hiring a substitute test taker.
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Lan Zhigang, from Luoyang’s radio supervision and regulation bureau said:
“A drone has its advantages. In an urban area full of tall buildings, various barriers limit the operating range of devices on ground, while the drone can rise up to 1,640 feet and detect signals over the whole city.”
In previous years, Chinese authorities confiscated transmitters and other devices with which students tried to copy stuff hidden in clothing, glasses, pens and even inside the ears.
There are about 9.5 million students taking part in exams this year. Here are some images tweeted by Chinese website:
Students tear up their textbooks before #Gaokao. 9.42 million Chinese students will sit for 2015 Gaokao kicks off Sun pic.twitter.com/Bqw68iCTtX
— People's Daily, China (@PDChina) June 6, 2015
Two-day National College Entrance Exams Begins in China #Gaokao http://t.co/FikfijJiX2 pic.twitter.com/OcLgkg049U
— CGTN Radio (@CGTNRadio) June 7, 2015
The two-day #Gaokao, national college entrance exams, began on Sunday, with 9.42 million sitting for the exams. pic.twitter.com/hdQ6bOR3tN
— People's Daily, China (@PDChina) June 7, 2015
This is by far the most positive use of drones after Iran. On November 16, 2013, Iranian engineers at RTS Lab in Tehran successfully tested their first ever Pars Rescue Robot Drone with amazing ability to quickly locate drowning victims in the ocean and launch life-preserver floats to them.