The third interviewee was a policeman who works in Spain. Although the interview was not too long he seemed to agree with the idea and propose a little change to the original prototype.

What do you think about the use of drones to safeguard homeless people?

Unfortunately, this kind of aggressions to homeless people are increasingly popular among young people. As you have probably seen on TV, even those called “youtubers” not only humiliate them but also film them. Therefore, it may be a good idea to help us in order to identify the attacker and avoid this kind of behavior.

Do you think it is a viable project in Madrid?


Can you think about any change/improvement?

Not really, maybe the use of a watch instead of a bottom although it may be more expensive to implement.

A policeman

Among the many programs of social development, Caritas has a specific one for Homeless People in which they develop a series of actions that allow the configuration of a personal itinerary, covering both the basic needs (accommodation, food, health and hygiene) as personal recovery actions that break their social isolation.
In short, a series of measures focused to help these people to get out of this situation.
But what can we do for their safety while they living on the street?

Do you think it is a viable project in Madrid?

Since the first Campaign for the Homeless (1992), it has been a constant reflection, the analysis and guarantee of human rights that corresponds to the people in this situation in order to have and develop a dignified and full life.
It would be a good start for the home to be available from a tool that makes the feeling of safety safe in case of aggression or illness.

What would be the acceptance by the homeless?

What a difficult question. Within this group, it is a minority that goes to canteens or social shelters. These are people in situations of exclusion and poverty, who ‘disconnect’ from a society that ‘ignores’ them, which makes so complicated tendering bridges that they accept.

What are the main reluctance of the people in need? Comparing with problems that pose to social canteens, shelters and other help from Caritas, think which problems they would have with our project.

The main issues they have are the behavior of the people, the schedules and rules, the lack of intimacy they have, the insecurity that they feel and the limited use of the facilities.
I do not think they will feel very comfortable being ‘tracked’.


A Cáritas helper

Do you think it is a viable project in Madrid?

There are still a lot of limitations. The legislation in Spain do not allow to fly drones in public spaces. In the sort run it is more useful to draw on the surveillance cameras around the city.

Taking into account the scope of a drone, what number of drones would we need to cover the Community?

Nowadays the max scope we have reach is 30min in medium drones, thus it is the biggest limitation.

You will need an intrincate net of drones that will be able to only do flights of 15 minutes to the destination point and another 15 back.

What weight would it have? What are the dangers of a drone failure?

The most common drones weight less than 2 kilograms and are designed to carry a camera.

To get the fleet of drones, what would you recommend? Their manufacture, purchase or leasing?

At the beginning, the best option for you will be a lesing of a little net. When you improve the system and get specialize, maybe you will start thinking on your own production

Drone Pilot