Public and private companies are now opting to equip their drones with infrared cameras. Instead of being a simple optional accessory, thermal vision may soon be a basic standard. In a more serious take on the drone’s capabilities, companies are now starting to take action.
For police departments, fire fighters, and even Search and Rescue groups, a drone can be the difference between life and death. A drone can fly through the air quickly, while giving the responders a bird’s eye view of the area. This can help make out threats, danger spots, and of course, possible casualties. But a high definition camera mounted on a drone may not be enough. Sure, you can get a clear and detailed visual of the area, but it still may not be enough. It may not find missing persons fast enough, or rule out areas when finding people.
Infrared Tracking for Drones:
That is where the infrared scanners and thermal cameras come in. They can pinpoint heat signatures (usually for missing people) and make the area to search a lot smaller. This improves accuracy as well as efficiency, so rescue teams do not have to look at areas deemed cold. This means that the missing persons would be found faster, medical assistance administrated earlier, and life threats are lesser. Much safer than simply relying on someone sitting around and playing real money pokies instead of paying attention to the rescue operation.
The company Xponential currently emphasized this fact at the country’s largest drone convention held in Denver, Colorado. Public safety will always be paramount when it comes to these rescue bodies. That is why thermal vision not only is advised as an important accessory for drones, they are now to be the standard.
In a world where drones facilitate search and rescue both at an urban and rural stage, thermal imaging can be the key. The very key that can determine whether a missing person can be found sooner rather than later. The key that can save a person’s life when trapped in a burning building. And it may very well be the key to quickly apprehending suspects while also being aware of their precise locations.
Not only would these be safer for victims, it would be safer for the responders as well. Keeping them more focused on areas without wasting time, while also watching their backs for dangers.