microdrones records drone-assisted water rescue

microdrones has released a video demonstrating a new water rescue tactic it has developed that uses drones, and may change lifeguard rescue operations, the company said.

The company said in the video, a specially trained lifeguard spots a drowning swimmer and deploys a microdrones unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV, or drone) as another lifeguard rushes through the water to the victim´s aid. The drone flies over the water, reaches the swimmer far ahead of the swimming lifeguard, and drops a compact flotation device that automatically inflates. The victim is able to grab onto the device and float while waiting for the second lifeguard to arrive.

Drone-assisted water rescue requires specially developed equipment that can rise to the challenges often present in aquatic environments. The drone used in this rescue simulation was the microdrones md4-1000. This quadcopter is effective for water rescue because it has designed motors, rugged carbon fiber housing, efficient batteries, and an integrated GPS system.

microdrones was founded in Germany in 2005, with the launch of unmanned aerial vehicles. By integrating a UAS platform with the latest sensor, photogrammetry, photography, and data interpretation technology, microdrones has helped companies all over the world to make better business decisions.