Saint Lucian native, Barry Alexander, who is the founder and CEO of the Hartford, Connecticut, USA-based drone manufacturing company – Aquiline Drones, says he plans to support Saint Lucia with his company’s technology and is already in discussion with at least two individuals here who have reached out to him.
“Saint Lucia is definitely in our crosshairs, but as you can imagine with the rate of expansion especially in a post COVID environment in the US, our focus has been on the US market where opportunities abound and at some point there are uses and applications that are more appropriate to environments that you would find in Saint Lucia that I am sure we can lend assistance in providing support,” Alexander told St Lucia Times.
The Aquiline Drones CEO, a former resident of Morne Fortune here and a past student of St Mary’s College, disclosed that his company currently employs some 150 individuals in several countries – it’s headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut, USA, Argentina, Brazil, China, France, the Netherlands, Denmark and India.
But he explained that Saint Lucia is ‘definitely on my list of things to do’.
Alexander, explained that whether used by law enforcement, fire fighters or first responders, drone technology provides the benefit of removing humans from harm’s way.
In terms of law enforcement, the former airline pilot noted that it gives them the ability to do aerial imaging of potential crime scenes and thereby better assess the environment, manage resources and conduct better post operation reviews to assess what could have been done differently or better.
However, he asserted that the use of drones in the battle against COVID-19 is a somewhat controversial topic.
“A lot of civic advocacy groups have spoken to the notion that drones can be used in a misguided way under the pretense of benefitting COVID-19, but there are related uses such as drone delivery services and sterilization of contaminated areas that drones can keep humans out of harm’s way,” Alexander stated.