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Getting the best use out of drones for the blue light services

  • Blue Light Services
  • Sky Mantis

With the rapid developments occurring within drone technology, many services are starting to both understand and utilise the many benefits. Blue light services in particular have picked up on the positives and in today’s blog post we are going to investigate the best system for this particular industry.

So what are the benefits of drones?

  • Emergency services can fully utilise drone technology. In terms of incident command, rapid deployment enables the incident commander to gain an instant overall picture of any given situation.
  • The fact that this knowledge is learned immediately allows those responsible to determine and execute a relevant plan of action, quickly. Insight provided by the drone enhances SimOps (Simultaneous Operations).
  • Situational awareness is reinforced allowing teams to be deployed much more efficiently. With overall knowledge gained, informed decisions on how to handle the situation are made much easier.

How do the police utilise drone technology?

Police gain a bird’s eye view of any given incident. This can happen quickly and removes the need to wait for the arrival of the police helicopter. Drone technology has the added benefits of thermal and visual sensors on board. This means a subject can be tracked over a large area. It is also imperative in covering large areas when embarking on a search and rescue mission.

Why risk a life when you can risk a drone?

Intelligence gathering has always posed significant risks to the teams performing tasks whether in the air or on the ground. Drone technology has developed and this means machines have the capability of carrying a wide range of sensors. Zoom capable cameras for example have the ability to detect number plates. A thermal camera can be set to detect human body temperatures. Tethering a drone to the ground allows persistent flights for hours on end. During this time, data can be transferred down the tether making it impossible to be hacked as there is no wireless signal transmitting. Drones minimise the risks to teams, replacing the need for sending in either ground teams or manned aircraft into what could be a potentially dangerous situation.

With many blue light services across the country and even the world, utilising drone technology, we want to know if they are gaining the full potential. The main platform of choice to date appears to be DJI. Breaking this down, this specific platform is mainly designed for the purpose of cinematography. Sensors are geared towards them and they have a very short battery life. Even the Matrice 200 series which has been designed specifically for inspection and survey purposes has only a maximum flight time of 24 minutes with a full payload on board. This is definitely not fit for purpose in terms of an emergency situation.

So what are the alternatives?

Quite simply, a drone that has been designed specifically for the blue light service sector. Let us introduce you to The Sky Mantis, with all of the following benefits:

As you can see from the above system specification, compared to other drones currently available on the market, it has some really interesting features. From the 1 hour true flight time, to having the ability to work in up to winds of 50mph, this drone is an asset.

The Sky mantis offers a live video stream from the UAV to anywhere in the world. This means incident management will be tactical and strategic. The link is securely encrypted and can be viewed from any browser. It has extremely low latency with as little as 1 second delay in imagery.

And the final benefit?

This system can be customised, specifically to how you want it. If you need a specific sensor on board, or the system tethered with ground power, Rectrix are able to help. To find out more information and to enquire about the system please take a look at our Sky Mantis page and speak to our experts.

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