Courtesy of Wadi Drone

Wadi Drone


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.

A camera traps best friend: Wadi Drone is designed to collect data from camera traps when flying over them, eliminating the need for manual recovery of data, which can often be a time intensive and laborious process, limiting where camera traps can be placed. It also prevents people from having to venture to remote and often poorly accessible or dangerous areas to retrieve information from camera traps.

Use a lifeline: Wadi drones interact virtually with cameras in order to activate and deactivate them via WiFi signals received when the drone is at certain distances from cameras. Once activated, cameras send data to the drone whenever the drone is within messaging distance. After the data transfer has taken place, cameras return to lower power states to save power, cut costs and lengthen their lifelines. Cameras will need to be fitted with appropriate transmission hardware to communicate with Wadi drones, but their time in the field is maximized without the need to manually and regularly recover data.


Wingspan: 2.5m
Maximum Operating Altitude: 300m

United Arab Emirates
  • Company: Wadi Drone

  • Type: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)

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