The use of UAV’s alongside existing technologies for Search and Rescue operations is a rapidly developing field. The seconds saved deploying a drone to quickly sweep an area of sea or scan an avalanche site could provide vital information narrowing the search area for a human rescue team.
The Civic Drone Centre’s AeroSee UAV was designed to save lives in the Lake District mountains. Its unique contribution to search and rescue operations comes directly from members of the public who are invited to join live operations from their desktop computers, tablet devices and mobiles.
Our growing international community of virtual search agents makes us unique in the Search and Rescue Field. AeroSee’s crowd-sourced approach to drone-based search missions has already gained us a national reputation after our nomination for Design of The Year in the London Design Museum’s international competition. The project enabled anyone with internet access or a mobile phone signal to join Mountain Rescuers in the English lake District in the search for a missing climber. This research experiment saw over 300 people taking part in the live mission by logging into a simple website and quickly identifying a series of images transmitted across the web from our AeroSee drone.
We now have over 2000 Virtual Search Agents from 26 different countries ready to assist in an AeroSee search operation anywhere in the world at anytime of day or night. If you would like to become a virtual search agent you can do so by logging in to aerosee.org and completing the registration process. The next time AeroSee is deployed on a live search mission you will receive notification and be able to choose to join hundreds of others from across the globe. Your help may save a life.
The Civic Drone centre hopes to continue this work both in the Lake District, and with a range of other partners across the globe.