Borel Teguia, a 25-year-old renewable energy engineer from Cameroon, has developed a prototype drone to monitor the northern borders of Cameroon, where attacks on civilians by the terrorist group Boko Haram have increased in recent months.
The young inventor described the benefits of this “solar” drone compared to conventional drones, particularly in terms of independence and flight duration (from 1 to 2 hours compared to typical drones whose flight duration is one half hour).
“I studied in northern Cameroon and saw many families forced to leave their homes because of the war. I told myself that something had to be done. There is nothing more horrible than war and nothing more precious than human life. “
“I started working on this miniature device that can fly, make videos in real time and better monitor the Cameroonian borders. I wanted, so to speak, to give the Cameroonian sky an eye that would monitor its borders, “he said.
After working in several local branches of EDC (Electricity Development Corporation) and Aliqo Energy, Borel founded his own company, Tobus Drone, and devoted himself exclusively to the development of his project.
“I realized there was a huge control problem all over the African continent. Drones could be a solution. Today drones are involved in agriculture, telecommunications, health, cinematography, construction, art and culture. It’s a boon to our society. “
The engineer is talking about an aluminum and plastic drone with four symmetrical motors. The drone weighs 700 grams; it is stable enough, which facilitates its control.
Boko Haram, allegedly sworn allegiance to Daesh *, has carried out numerous deadly attacks in Cameroon, Nigeria and Chad.
In 2014 and 2015, terrorists controlled vast territories in these countries, killing thousands of soldiers and civilians.