Government agencies including the FAA have recognized the revolutionary benefits of drone technology. Private and government agencies are already using drones and advanced imaging systems to revolutionize public safety.
Check out these five advantages drones can offer to improve public safety.
When hazardous materials are spilled or leaked, rescue workers and clean-up crews can find themselves in very dangerous positions. The best way for first responders to work safely is to give them greater situational awareness.
With the aid of thermal imaging cameras, drones can assess dangerous areas by seeing hot spots invisible to the naked eye. With this information, responders mark the perimeter of the Haz-Mat area for decontamination and support. Thermal imaging can even detect if there are civilians inside of or near the area affected by the hazardous material. DSLRPros offers public safety drone packages that are specifically-built for first responders. Featuring state of the art enterprise drones such as the DJI M300 RTK, these packages combine advanced flight systems with powerful thermal imaging to give safety workers all the information they need to clear hazardous materials.
Search and Rescue
The conventional method for conducting Search and Rescue operations involves using large groups of people to physically walk an area and search for individuals and to enact rescue operations from the ground. With the use of drones, first responders are able to search large areas of land quickly and from a perspective that reveals more than the human eye can see.
With the long flight time and thermal imaging capabilities of the DSLRPros Matrice 300 RTK Public Safety Package , search and rescue workers can fly long missions where they examine vast areas. Thermal imaging capabilities enable users to search in no light environments. Police departments may use drones with similar capabilities for active shooter investigations, evacuations, crime scene analysis, long-distance surveillance, and crowd monitoring.
Medical Supply Dispatch
When disaster strikes, delivering emergency medical supplies to victims can save lives. Data from Norrtälje, Sweden has shown that properly deployed drones carrying medical supplies can reach targets quickly. Data shows that up to 16 minutes can be saved by using a drone as opposed to conventional emergency medical services (EMS).
Testing has shown that an automated external defibrillator (AED) can be deployed using a drone like the DJI Matrice 210 with a Payload Drop System. In an emergency users can quickly fly to the location of a medical situation, deliver an AED (to be used by a bystander), and direct emergency medical technicians to the location.
Ocean and Swiftwater Rescue
Being able to quickly and safely get flotation devices to people at risk of drowning is vital to save lives. Sometimes people are in locations where it is difficult to reach them quickly and safely. In these scenarios, having a drone system that can drop flotation devices can be the difference between life and death.
With this in mind, companies like DSLRPros have worked with public safety agencies to develop tools to deliver flotation devices to people in need. Designed to capture and transmit footage from up to 5 miles away, the DJI Matrice 210 Water Rescue Upgrade Package allows rescuers to deliver a life-saving device in minutes. Once the flotation device has been safely delivered, emergency personnel can reach the person and get them to safety.
Dr. Andreas Claesson (PhD. RN) of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services theorizes that Unmanned Aircraft Systems could assist in future ice rescues by using thermal imaging to clearly differentiate victims from the icy water, delivering flotation devices, and directing rescue crews to the victim. Tests are still ongoing.
The Future Of Public Safety
Drones and their associated technology are positively impacting public safety right now. Benefits of drone use include but are not limited to increased situational awareness, dispatching medical supplies, and aiding in search and rescue operations. It is clear that whatever challenges the future may hold for public safety workers, drones will used to find solutions and help save lives.