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Using Drones within the Public Safety Industry

This guide is for Public Safety for people who wish to use unmanned aerial drones to keep the public safer. This will cover basics you will need to know about using drones in Public Safety covering Search & Rescue missions, Firefighting, Enforcing the law and Disaster response. If you're looking to fly a drone to keep the public safer, or you're planning on hiring a third party company, we can help with that and give you all the tips you need. If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact us



Public Safety Search & Rescue

In Search & Rescue, speed is of the essence as this is what makes a difference in saving a life. The DJI Zenmuse XT thermal camera connected to the DJI Inspire, becomes a rapid launch aerial system. Able to go from packed away to in the air in just 3 minutes, it is ideal for urgent situations that need an eye in the sky as quickly as possible and can provide rescuers with an easily to deploy aerial thermal imaging system that dramatically accelerates the search for missing people by highlighting thermal signatures and can even see through foliage.

Paired with the DJI Matrice you're able to grab an astonishing industry leading time of 30 minutes in the air. This will allow you to cover much larger areas in one single flight, far quicker and more efficient than searching an area with a group of people. Additionally, getting a drone in the air is far cheaper and much quicker than calling a helicopter out, allowing you to start the search early, increasing the chance of saving lives.

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Public Safety Firefighting

Drones will allow firefighters to quickly and effectively scout out dangerous fires, observe and monitor a large blaze as well as the surrounding area and more. Using a high quality camera such as the Zenmuse X3 or Zenmuse X5, fire teams will be able to evaluate a blaze, then determine its path and rate of travel as well as any structures or areas at particular risk. This allows fire chiefs on the ground to make informed strategic decisions on how to control or stop the fire quickly by placing their teams exactly where they're needed.

By mounting the DJI Zenmuse XT onto the DJI Inspire 1, firefighters can leverage thermal imaging to see through thick smoke, allowing them to identify particular hot points and the source of fire. Pair it with one of our industry leading drones and, firefighters benefit from extended flight times, allowing for more careful monitoring. All of these technologies provide firefighters with valuable information to help them make the right decisions as quickly as possible.

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Public Safety Disaster Response

An aerial view following a disaster can help save lives, beyond their uses as search and rescue platforms. In the hours immediately following a disaster, the use of UAVs can help determine the areas needing urgent support, allowing government services and aid agencies do deploy their teams and resources where they can make the biggest impact.

As rescue slowly moves to recovery, aerial systems can be used to create 3D maps, models and orthomosaics that illustrate exactly where and to what extent an area has been damaged. This information helps governments repair and rebuild communities damaged by natural disasters. If maps are created before a disaster, they may even allow people to re-create the area exactly.

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Public Safety Law Enforcement

Police departments are now facing multiple challenges from budget cuts to increasingly smarter criminals. Tactical situations have also risen in complexity, along with the expectations of the public to maintain safety for all citizens. The Police force must be on their toes in difficult, surprising situations they face.

Small UAVs that will fit in a police vehicle will give law enforcement teams a bigger situational awareness, allowing them to formulate an appropriate response when in the field. With a UAV in each car, every officer will benefit from having their very own police helicopter essentially, giving all officers protection of an aerial surveillance system.

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