As the 2016 wildfire season begins, federal agencies are again alerting industry and the public that the use of private drones (Unmanned Aircraft Systems or UAS) over or near active wildfire operations puts firefighters at risk and hampers their ability to protect lives, property and natural resources. Continue reading
During a presentation at the UNVEX16 event at Madrid–Cuatro Vientos Airport, Spain, José Luis Saiz, INAER Spain’s director of research and development, explained that the extensive experience of INAER Spain using EO / IR, SAR and LIDAR sensors for surveillance services, grounding that will allow them to become the first European operator to perform surveillance and observation activities in firefighting missions, not only daytime but also at night. Continue reading
Two teenage boys are being questioned after they had to be rescued from a rooftop in Gainsborough, England on Bank Holiday Monday morning. Continue reading
European Emergency Number Association (EENA) has announced that it is working with DJI to look for ways to integrate the use of drones into first-response missions. Based in Belgium, EENA is a non-governmental organisation that serves as a discussion platform for emergency services, public authorities and researchers to transfer knowledge and best practice to better serve the needs of the public. Continue reading
Kongsberg Geospatial, an Ottawa-based developer of real-time, mission critical, geospatial visualization software, and the County of Renfrew Paramedic Service announced today the successful conclusion of field trials of a new software application developed to improve the safety of operating a search-and-rescue drone beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS). Continue reading
With this combination of advanced imaging software and the latest in unmanned aerial vehicles, agencies can rapidly map crime-accident scenes, and simultaneously gather more information than other traditional technologies. Conservatively, even large scenes can be documented in less than 30 minutes and because the system easily fits in the trunk of a car, there is no need to wait for ladder trucks, or manned aviation.