A Comprehensive Breakdown of What ‘The Commercial UAV Show 2016’ Had to Offer Search and Rescue

Please note: the technical term for drones – ‘unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)’ – will be used throughout this blog post.

INTRODUCTION:

Recently, like many of you may have, I attended The Commercial UAV Show 2016 in London. It was great to see an entire seminar set up for presentations from a variety of Emergency Services on day one, a vast improvement upon the previous two years. Although, one thing is still certain, the language used by unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) professionals does not easily translate into search and rescue (SAR) vernacularism. Both very technical and specialised languages; the ability to understand both sides is a key strength to The SkyBound Rescuer Project.

Perhaps you attended the show as a SAR professional but missed out on vital information due to convoluted “tech terms” being thrown at you. Hence, this blog post has been written with the express aim of bringing clarity to the bombardment of technical UAV language used throughout the presentations, display stands, and – no doubt – the endless stack of UAV literature that was handed to you.

All interview responses were collated, vital information from copious amounts of hand-outs was extracted, further information was retrieved via email or by visiting company websites, and much more. The result: an easy to read guide on the very best The Commercial UAV Show 2016 had to offer the world of SAR, along with explanations of key terms used throughout the literature from the show. Only the top 5 UAVs for SAR have been included, followed by a UAV comparison competition. Payloads and other product types that hold great potential for SAR have also been described. A comparison competition of the thermal imaging cameras has been constructed. And finally, potential combined solutions with example uses have been included. In short, any displayed product at the show that could be used within the emergency services to great effect, has been scrutinised and evaluated for your information; allowing you to easily apply this knowledge to your SAR practices.

CONTENTS:

Given the amount of information involved within this research post, the individual evaluations have been broken up into separate posts. This page will help you to easily navigate through the information:

UAV ANALYSIS:

top-5-uavs

uav-competition

PAYLOAD ANALYSIS:

top-payloads

theramls-101

Battle of the Thermals.png

SUPPLEMENTARY PRODUCT ANALYSIS:

supplementary-products

COMBINED SOLUTIONS:

potential-combined-solutions

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Aeryon Labs Inc., 2016. HDZOOM30 Imaging Payload. [Brochure] Canada: Aeryon Labs Inc.

Aeryon Labs Inc., 2016. SR-EO/IR Mk2 Imaging Payload. [Brochure]. Canada: Aeryon Labs Inc.

Aeryon Live, 2016. Real-time Distribution of UAS Video and Telemetry. [Brochure]. Canada: Aeryon Labs Inc.

Davis Instruments, N/A. Thermal Imaging Technical Resource [online]. USA: Davis Instruments. Available from: http://www.davis.com/Assets/MoreInfo/ThermalImagingTechResource.pdf [Accessed 01 November 2016]

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