UAVs are revolutionising emergency services operational efficacy by changing the fundamentals of practices such as search and rescue, and offering a safer and more efficient alternative to manned aircraft or inspectors on the ground. So how are UAVs being deployed, and what are their possibilities for today and tomorrow?
This year’s 3rd Commercial UAV Show, with free to attend Emergency Services Theatre, seeks to give Blue Light professionals the opportunity to learn key observations from early adopters of UAV technology who have trialled and integrated UAVs for a variety of purposes. These include UAVs for search and intelligence operations, UAV technology for disaster relief, UAVs in flooding response and water rescue, UAVs to recover images for crime scenes, UAVs for thermal-imaging, UAVs for security, tethered UAVs for secure and cost-effective aerial monitoring, and more.
Once opportunities for deploying UAVs into police and emergency response have been identified, it is important to consider key hardware, software and human challenges. Other factors include working within the current regulatory environment and knowing requirements of UAV operator certificates and restrictions on use, such as height and line of visual sight. Privacy issues also continue to be an important consideration in this space.
That is why sharing UAV expertise across our emergency services networks has become so valuable. The Commercial UAV Show will be exploring the cross industry impact that this sharing has had, and the benefits of putting innovation at the forefront of emergency services logistics. The show will also be asking how UAV use differing across the world, and what lessons are there for the UK?
Our free to attend on-floor Emergency Services Theatre will welcome speakers such as:
Seamus Kearns, Head of Operations, Surrey Search & Rescue
Ross Henderson, Crew Commander, Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue
Andy Hamilton, Inspector, Devon and Cornwall Police
Craig Shepherd, Unit Commander, Victoria Police – Air Wing
Colin Smith, Police Advisor, Home Office
Kevin Howlette, Director, Emergency Fire & Safety Ltd.
Thomas Prhhgaart Sylvest, Head of U.A.V. Education and Operations, Copenhagen Fire Dept
As well as this, there will be two full days of theatres dedicated to data and analytics, mapping and GIS, UAV innovation and UAV photography, plus 100+ exhibitors and a demonstration zone of technologies that could revolutionise your operation efficacy.
The UAV show takes place 19-20 October at ExCel in London. Full details can be seen online