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Drone Technology Could Cut Emergency Response Time

Date: 2016-03-23
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From a story posted at WBIR.com 

Drones may not be a novelty in the skies anymore, but the technology is taking off with a higher purpose. 

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee has been researching the use of drones in case of emergencies and discovered the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) could cut response times. 

“You don’t have to put a man in a hazmat suit and send him down range and in danger with a detector," ORNL's Director of the UAS Research Center Richard Lusk said.

The most significant advancement in technology is the use of sensor detectors.

“These sensors are sensors more than just 4k or HD cameras," Lusk said. "You could put heat sensors on them. You could put chemical sensors, radiological sensors on them. Pressure sensors.” 

ORNL technical liaison Ken Woodworth said that there are many other uses in search and rescue missions, like the Texas floods that left dozens stranded in the summer of 2015. "If someone was lost, you could fly over and look down, and you'd see their body heat," he said. "You could identify them even in total darkness."

Read the full story and watch the news story video here

- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via WBIR.com, 3/21/16)

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