DJI drones already saved more than 500 people
|DJI's interactive drone rescue map has reached an important milestone: more than 500 people have already been registered on it. The service, introduced earlier this year, allowed people and organizations to add their own rescue efforts using drones. The map reached this level in October, but only now the Chinese company announced this in its press release after a thorough analysis of all cases for their accuracy. |
DJI senior Director of public safety implementation Romeo Durscher: "just a few years ago, drones were an experimental technology for innovators in the field of public safety, and civilians with drones often volunteered to help professionals in emergency situations. Today, public safety agencies around the world have adopted drones as standard equipment, and UAVs save people from danger every few days. This is an amazing success story for public safety and for the people who live today thanks to drones."
The five-hundredth person saved from the DJI interactive map was a missing 93 — year-old woman-she was discovered by a drone with a thermal imager in a dark field in Missouri. The Cass County Sheriff's office released a video of the rescue operation, which clearly shows a bright yellow object in a field.
DJI's Vice President of policy and legal Affairs, Brendan Schulman, said: "Now that more than 500 people have been saved by drones operating in accordance with the basic rules, we can see how reasonable rules for using UAVs literally save lives, and the same shows how useful wider drone operations can be at night and over people when they are allowed on a large scale. The successful use of unmanned aerial vehicles in emergency situations also clearly demonstrates important benefits for society. But now the threat of a ban is growing: political proposals are often aimed at banning or restricting access to drone technology or increasing the cost of such equipment for public security agencies."
Earlier this year, DJI unveiled its interactive map of drone rescues to the public to show how UAVs are used in search and rescue missions around the world. The map shows rescue sites from 27 countries on five continents (there are no cases in Russia on this map), with the first case Dating back to 2013 in Canada. Today, it is reported that drones participate in rescue operations about once a week.
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