Search and rescue teams found simulated victims faster when they used drones for help, a new study released today finds. The study concludes that drones offer enormous potential to help search and rescue (SAR) efforts, and rescue squads need to develop new standards, tactics and protocols to take full advantage of drones’ aerial perspective. These key findings were part of the Drone Efficacy Study, a report issued today by DJI, the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) and Black Channel.
FLIR has unveiled its most advanced commercial drone camera and aerial mapping system, the dual sensor FLIR Duo Pro R. Featuring both a thermal sensor with radiometry and a visible camera, the FLIR Duo Pro R gives professional drone operators the range and image detail needed to capture actionable thermal and visible imagery in a single drone flight.
The drone will aid the department in a wide range of uses, such as providing an aerial view of HAZMAT incidents and major traffic crash scenes, which helps with investigation and incident reconstruction; having a bird’s eye view during search and rescue missions, or when searching for missing children; tracking an aggressor during any critical incident, such as one involving the police department’s Special Response Team or during a hostage situation; tracking a suspect on the run; traffic monitoring, such as photographing or videoing an intersection where accidents frequently occur, examining storm water drainage issues, school traffic dynamics, roadway construction projects, traffic flow patterns, or any issues that may impact roadway safety.
DeTect announced installation of its DroneWatcher™ drone detection and defense system at the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) in Panama City, Florida. Drone incursions into controlled airspace around airports has emerged as a major security and flight safety risk over the past few years and DeTect’s DroneWatcher system provides the highest level of detection and control available.
The Hamilton County, Tenn., Sheriff’s Office will begin using drones to gather evidence for court cases, detect bombs and find missing persons. However, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond assures the public the equipment will not invade people’s right to privacy. Hammond spoke Monday at a news conference to announce plans to use the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The Sheriff’s Office is among more than 80 law enforcement agencies, colleges and other government agencies across the country that have been granted or applied for permits to fly the aircraft, according to a Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office news release. Hammond said Hamilton County’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security also has the equipment.
PlateSmart Technologies, the industry leader in License Plate Recognition (LPR) solutions and video data analytics, has entered into a teaming agreement with defense systems integrator enrGies of Huntsville, Alabama. The two companies have successfully tested and are working to perfect the first LPR and video analytics technology for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to assist security agencies and military personnel in combatting crime and terrorism.
With the recent protest in Ferguson, MO over the shooting of Michael Brown and the heavy handed response of the Ferguson police department, bringing out mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles (MRAP), tear gas, snipers, and camouflaged dressed cops, much focus has been put on the militarization of the police force. Los Angeles is no stranger to a militarized police force. The LAPD created the first SWAT team in the nation in 1967. You could say L.A. started the trend in police force militarization.
Miniature surveillance helicopters help protect frontline troops. The US Army has developed a "pocket-sized aerial surveillance device" for combat troops operating in "challenging ground environments." Researchers at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Massachusetts are working on the "The Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance program," or CP-ISR, to develop a mobile […]
Two New York men face felony charges after authorities said they flew a drone within 800 feet of a New York Police Department helicopter. The helicopter pilot spotted the small, unmanned aircraft near the George Washington Bridge early Monday, police said. The drone suddenly ascended from 200 feet to 2,000 feet and continued to circle […]
This fun-to-fly helicopter can fly at 35 mph and as high as 900 feet. Includes an HD camera for 1080p video as well as photos, but what really makes the difference is the 3-axis gimbal stabilization of the camera and lens which makes it easy to shoot smooth video. Considering the speed and altitude this […]