A search and rescue drone (SAR) is an unmanned aircraft used by emergency services, such as police officers, fire-fighters or volunteer rescue teams, ideal for searching over vast areas for missing persons and crime victims in need of rescue and in any environment.
The SAR process is complex and can vary tremendously based on environmental conditions, weather, experience and skill level of the searchers, and the type of lost person.
Drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras can cover large areas much faster than ground crews and can be deployed much quicker than traditional manned aircraft.
Drones also created mosaic maps for search and rescue teams to select search trajectories and priorities possible victim locations, as well as identified changes in environmental conditions that could have represented a risk for the search.
Some applications include:
– Search for suspects and missing persons
– Accident or crime scene investigation/documentation
– Search and recovery missions
– Disaster & emergency analysis
Using properly-equipped drones can find a missing person in a one-square-kilometer area within 20 minutes, more than five times faster than traditional methods. And also can take additional active steps to achieve a successful rescue.
Video showing application drones in search and rescue:
Some drones that can be used for search and rescue: