Scotland police use AI powered drones to find the missing
The Scotland Police has revealed a brand new aerial system of drones. This system will be helpful in searching for vulnerable and missing people. The technology has been named as the RPAS and it is an aircraft system that can be remotely piloted. Reportedly, it can see objects that we cannot and can utilize them to discover locations of people.
The RPAS uses neural digital networks and advanced cameras for spotting the person it is searching for. In fact, it can detect the person from a distance of nearly 150 meters, even if he or she is a miniscule speck to the naked eye. The size of this recognition software will be small enough to work on a smartphone. Further, the technology will keep updating and learning with experience.
According to Inspector Nicholas Whyte, the drone is equipped with special sensors. It has a powerful optical camera. This camera helps the police in seeing things clearly from considerable heights. In addition, the system has thermal imaging sensors which can detect heat. Whyte is currently working with the Scotland Police’s unit of air support. He confirmed that their aim is to successfully find people, especially those who might be lost or in need of help.
The RPAS system has been created by the joint effort of Scotland Police, the multinational tech company Thales and the West Scotland University (UWS). This partnership was helped along by CENSIS. CENSIS is one of the eight non-profit centers of innovation in Scotland. It specializes in bringing together public sector and private business for reaching new heights in imaging, sensing and what is termed as Internet of Things.
Currently, drones are very common. The RPAS resembles any other normal drone. The only distinguishing feature is a blue flashing light on the system. The data gathered by this drone gets processed as soon as it is recorded. The software has the ability of discerning between people, animals and vehicles from a very small number of pixels out of a big, color image in motion.