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Selfie drones 'could appear in toolboxes'

Construction workers could soon be bringing drones on to sites in their toolboxes, a technology expert has predicted.

Fran Rabuck, director of technology research at Bentley Systems in the US, said contractors needed to prepare for a rapid expansion of the types of devices brought onto projects.

Rabuck, also a member of the Global Advisory Council for the World Future Society, was addressing delegates on a web seminar hosted by IT community Fiatech.

He said: “Workers are already bring their own phones and tablets to work, and soon they will be bringing watches, glasses and other videoing devices, as well fitness and health and safety devices and maybe even drones and small robots in their toolbox.

“Management of devices is going to move beyond phones. You will need to manage things on site.

“If you’re not sure about this, just think how IT departments have controlled computers and phones – you will need something similar to manage all the extra infrastructure.”

He added that camera drones could be sent into the air to record images of work taking place on construction sites.

“You cannot afford to ignore drones. Follow-me selfie drones could appear in toolboxes on sites,” he said.

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