The Benefits of Drones for Search and Rescue

The Benefits of Drones for Search and Rescue

It’s no secret that technology is increasingly becoming more involved in all aspects of life. The rise in drone or UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) technology is being applied to help humans carry out various tasks which would otherwise be difficult to achieve.

One of the many sectors taking advantage of drones is Search and Rescue. UAVs are coming to the rescue when there is an emergency, helping officials record and analyze crime scenes, and assisting search and rescue teams with almost every aspect of the job.

There are many different aspects of search and rescue drones are used for, too. UAVs capture precise, detailed footage and the information from above, allow crews to cut down on expenses, keep rescuers safe and at the end, speed up all efforts in a rescue, where every second counts.

Most Cost-Effective Search and Rescue Tool

Before UAVs made an appearance, search and rescue teams used helicopters to find victims, deliver aid to those in need, and to save lives.

Now, drones have replaced the helicopters because of their speed and because of the difference in cost. Search and Rescue crews are not given a huge budget to get their job done and are sometimes expected to do more than their budget allows them. The call-out, maintenance and manpower to operate a helicopter all puts a huge dent in the budget. Drones cost a fraction of this price and require minimal maintenance.

The ALTI Transition is a VTOL (vertical take-off and land) fixed wing aircraft is capable of flying up to 12 hours and designed for every day, all day operation in a wide variety of applications around the world. The Transition allows for take-off and landing just about anywhere, with an hourly operation cost of only $3.50.

Supply Drops

Drones are now being equipped to drop supplies to aid victims rather than using a helicopter until help can arrive on foot. This includes water, food, medicine and first aid supplies. Also, using a drone ensures a faster delivery to people who can’t spare a second, for example people who have been involved in a natural disaster. This can be the difference between life and death!

The ALTI Reach is an advanced fixed-wing VTOL UAV, with a flight time of up to 20hours and a payload capacity of 12kg. These features assist and allow a search and rescue operation to comfortably transport necessary emergency supplies.

Natural Disasters

Drones have been used throughout most of the recent natural disasters that took place all around the world. During these natural disasters, drones assess the damage done to buildings, the environment and scan for victims stuck in bad situations, or for missing persons. The biggest advantage UAVs bring to natural disaster scenarios is the new perspective rescuers are able to easily get from the ground. The ability to view the bigger picture of an issue from above dramatically cuts down on the time it takes for crews to assess a situation, and this give them more time to save lives.

Rescue mission often involve difficult terrain, having a UAV which can take off and land without a run way or launch equipment such as a catapult is a key point to consider when purchasing a drone. The ALTI UAV products are all fixed-wing VTOL aircraft, allowing to take off and land just about anywhere. The products come standard with a hard case pelican travel case, the modular framework packs away easily into the travel case, and can be set up and flying within 10 minutes.

Drones are used to assess structural damage made to buildings and at the same time look for victims that might be trapped. Information captured by a drone can be used for inspection, thermal scanning and airborne laser scanning to check structural integrity.

Fire Rescue

A fire that has become out of hand can be almost impossible to control, and time in a fire emergency is of utmost importance. Drones can scan over a burning building or over an area in flames faster and safer than ever before. This helps firefighters to extinguish fires in record time. Drones are equipped with an HD camera which captures a live video feed to provide firefighters with a scope of a fire and where it’s spreading to. It gives them a different perspective and will show them an easier way to extinguish it. A drone can detect hot spots with thermal detection so that firefighters know dangerous spots before they are sent in. A thermal camera can also track the paths of flames and scan for trapped victims that need rescuing.

Supply drops, finding trapped victims and terrain surveys make drones an essential part of a search and rescue team. While they still need a human operator, they are able to penetrate even the harshest environments that aren’t fit for humans. Drones for search and rescue make an incredible equipped team to handle any situation.

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