Drones & SAR - What It Is & What Is Next
"According to new statistics collected by DJI, drones have helped rescue more than 500 people around the world from danger." - AUVSI News
In 2020, we can say that drones have collectively helped save lives across the globe according to information collected by Da-Jiang Innovations (DJI). This is one of those moments where we can see just how effective drones can be and how important they're going to be moving forward. We may think that drones in the future will have commercial use, military use, etc. but they can also have search and rescue (SAR) use. Whether it is used in searches for hard to reach areas or used in difficult operating conditions like at night, SAR can benefit from the capabilities of drones as registered piloted users are available across the globe.
Conditions that we face here in Canada as a search and rescue organization include thick forest environments, large mountainous terrain in the west, cold weather conditions faced in the north, prairie provinces, into the Canadian shield, and water conditons faced in the maritime areas in the east. Needless to say, we cover a large variety of challenging SAR environments to work under.
Seeing how drones have been used to save lives globally gives us hope for the future of drones and lets us know that in SAR they are most likely here to stay. It's an exciting time to see a small peak into what the future of SAR and what it could like with a larger use of drones!
See our last article showcasing our team up with Transport Canada for Drone Safety Day: https://www.casara.ca/en/news/drone-safety-day-transport-canada
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