Search & Rescue: New Technology Making a Difference

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This year’s Search and Rescue Europe conference (30th May - 1st June, 2017; Copenhagen, Denmark) will bring together world-leading SAR professionals and innovative equipment manufacturers, in a forum which will deliver fresh ideas and options to first responders.

This high-level meeting will also share crucial insight into the strategic elements of Search and Rescue, including planning, procurement and budget prioritisation. International attendees from the likes of the Norwegian, Canadian and UK Coast Guards, will look into the vessels and air platforms utilised in SAR missions, and how their capabilities can be augmented and adapted to meet certain mission requirements.

Expert contributors from industry and NGO's will also provide updates on the use of Unmanned Systems in SAR operations, and the legislative hurdles that must be overcome before they can be utilised to their full potential.

This article looks into the impact of technology into modern SAR operations, including:

• Small and large UAVs

• Machine Learning

• Alternatives to GPS and GNSS tracking

• Satellite technology

• Airborne sensors

• Crowdsourcing information

• Mobile robotics