E&E News features Jenny Rosenberg in story on the potential of drone technology to help with the response to COVID-19
A recent article from E&E News featured comments from Jenny Rosenberg on the role that drones can play in helping public and private sector entities meet the current and future public health demands that are a result of the pandemic.
"The U.S. drone community is stepping up to the pandemic challenge through innovation, which is at the core of our culture," said Rosenberg. "We are excited to see the country embracing drones and accelerating their adoption as a forward-looking way to help our society navigate this difficult chapter in our history.
Drones may solve coronavirus cleanup challenges
Ariana Figueroa, E&E News reporter
Published: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
As states look to reopen their economies, the solution to keeping public spaces disinfected from the coronavirus might come from a new source: Drones.
With the concern of public spaces acting as hotbeds for coronavirus outbreaks, drone companies and trade groups like the Alliance for Drone Innovation (ADI) say they are reconfiguring their products, coordinating with the Federal Aviation Administration and working with local officials to get permission to spray disinfectants in large areas such as sporting arenas, public parks and bus stops.
"The U.S. drone community is stepping up to the pandemic challenge through innovation, which is at the core of our culture," said Jenny Rosenberg, executive director for ADI.
"We are excited to see the country embracing drones and accelerating their adoption as a forward-looking way to help our society navigate this difficult chapter in our history," she added.
Other countries have used drones to disinfect public spaces during the pandemic. Private companies sent drones to Daegu, South Korea — where there was a coronavirus outbreak — to sanitize the city. India's government also deployed drones to clean the city of Indore.
Drone companies in the U.S. are looking to follow suit.
EagleHawk, a company in Buffalo, N.Y., has spent several months testing its drones, which have been used to conduct safety inspections for buildings and to disinfect indoor stadiums and outdoor sporting areas.
Though it's unclear when sports fans will fill stadiums again, Patrick Walsh, EagleHawk's CEO, said his company sees the task of keeping stadiums and arenas sanitized falling on drones.
"We think for the next year or two, this virus is going to be prevalent," Walsh said. "We feel that this level of cleanliness might be a standard going forward where people are just going to have the expectation that a place is clean and it's been disinfected."
Another company that is looking to use drones to disperse disinfectants is OMI Environmental Solutions.
OMI announced in early April the possibility of using its drones to clean indoor areas such as warehouses, school gyms or cafeterias and movie theaters. The drones work by spraying EPA-approved disinfectants that are effective at killing COVID-19 within 60 seconds, according to the company's website.
While EagleHawk does not currently have any contracts to use the drones to disperse disinfectants, Walsh hopes that when New York moves to initiate a reopening phase, his company will be considered.
"Our hope is to be in those discussions early on so we're thinking, 'How can we do this safely?'" he said, adding, "Our solution gives them an opportunity to maybe do it sooner."
Walsh also said he's coordinating with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to make sure there is no environmental impact from the chemicals the drones spray in outdoor areas.
A spokesperson from New York's DEC said in a statement that the agency has reached out to EPA for guidance on "the use of drones in the application of antimicrobial pesticides."
"EPA is currently evaluating several issues related to the proposed practice," the spokesperson said.
EPA did not respond to requests for comment.
Axios features Jenny Rosenberg in story on the FAA's challenge to balance safety concerns around drones with the pace of innovation and potential benefits of commercial operations: "Sky-high hopes for drones tethered to safety concerns."
In the Friday, March 8, Axios Autonomous Vehicles newsletter, Jenny Rosenberg is quoted in the story entitled, "Sky-high hopes for drones tethered to safety concerns" which explored the safety concerns and regulatory steps that must be addressed before commercial operations are permitted in the U.S. national airspace system (NAS).
Yes, but: The U.S. national airspace system is more complicated than Rwanda's, says Jenny Rosenberg, executive director of the Alliance for Drone Innovation, which represents drone manufacturers.
Read the entire story here: https://www.axios.com/unmanned-drones-uav-faa-safety-medical-supplies-10a308a1-3766-4aca-a044-a8127702d7c7.html.
Jenny Rosenberg featured in The Journal of the American Medical Association's JAMA Forum: Coordinating Community Planning for Transportation and Health
JTR Strategies' Founder Jenny Rosenberg and Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, write on the challenges and opportunities facing patients who are living in communities where transportation issues are a major barrier to accessing health care in their piece titled, "Coordinating Community Planning for Transportation and Health."
Inspired by her work in transportation and public health, as well as her upbringing and time serving on the staffs of former Sens. Robert C. Byrd and John D. "Jay" Rockefeller of West Virginia, the piece discusses an often overlooked critical piece of a patient's overall care.
The two write, "In ways often underappreciated, accessible transportation is fundamental to societal health. For example, although some patients have reliable access to private or public transportation for health-related visits, many others regularly encounter mobility barriers that lead to missed appointments, slowed discharge processes, and other inefficiencies that disrupt or discourage care. In addressing these issues and more, coordinated community planning can integrate considerations for health, safety, mobility, and the environment to advance patient-centered care as well as population well-being."
The entire piece can be found here:
JTR Strategies was thrilled to be featured in today’s edition of Politico Playbook, which cited founder Jenny Rosenberg's extensive experience in the Obama administration and on Capitol Hill.
NEW FIRM ALERTS -- JENNY ROSENBERG, who ran aviation policy at DOT in the Obama administration, has launched JTR Strategies. Rosenberg is also a Hill alumna, with stops at the Senate Commerce Committee, House Oversight Committee and Senate Appropriations Committee. She has already inked her first client: JetBlue. http://bit.ly/2nfdJr
Jenny Rosenberg, Former Senior Obama Administration Official, Capitol Hill Veteran, Launches JTR Strategies
New consultancy to offer unique blend of aviation policy,
crisis management, and strategic communications expertise.
Washington, DC – Jenny Rosenberg, the former head of Aviation and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation under President Barack Obama, today announced the launch of a Washington, D.C.-based consultancy, JTR Strategies. Fresh from senior level roles in the Executive Branch and on Capitol Hill, where she served as a regulator, policymaker, and communications leader, Rosenberg offers clients an exceptionally experienced and creative partner with whom to tackle their federal government and public affairs challenges.