Basically, we're on the cusp of a great leap forward in being able to use technology.
The following article might be a bit hard to read if you are not used to the terms, all of which I don't understand completely either.
Here's the article, "Cloud-Based Framework Improves Efficiency in Disaster-Area Management," and this is my explanation:
We are starting to see a revolution in the use of unmanned vehicles and aircraft for emergency and disaster response. Because the technology is new, there are plenty of problems that include the battery charge running low; the vehicles not talking to one another; and no coordination of movement.
Bringing in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the cloud, which will allow the vehicles to coordinate with one another autonomously and facilitate them recharging while working in tandem, will help.
I think about clouds of very small drones flying across a disaster zone assessing the damage and coordinating their positions in relationship to the earth and one another to maximize their coverage of the terrain. They're also able to maintain their battery power by locating a ground recharging station, landing, recharging and becoming airborne again. The same could be done with Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) doing ground searches.
The future is right around the corner!
Claire Rubin, the Technologist, shared the link above.