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Precision Mapping for Accident Reconstruction and Forensic Identification Using a Draganflyer UAV and PIX4D

Precision Mapping for Accident Reconstruction and Forensic Identification Using a Draganflyer UAV and PIX4DThe Royal Canadian Mounted Police started using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to help them with their work on collision and crime scene investigations. It allows the investigations to be conducted under all weather conditions and provides broader views than the traditional procedures.

This past September, an experimental project was organized by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Pix4D, using Draganflyer UAVs to acquire images of a staged car accident scene from low altitude. The images were processed by Pix4Dmapper to reconstruct the three-dimensional scene. In this article, time spent and accuracy is compared between UAV mapping and traditional procedures, including laser scanner.

The project aims to propose a solution protocol for accident scene investigations. Additionally, by including the accuracy and reliability of the output results, it ensures not only that the whole process is efficient and accurate but also that the reconstruction results can be eventually used as admitted evidence in court.

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Draganflyer X4-ES UAV in Smithsonian Featured in November/December 2014 of Canadian Aviator Magazine

Draganflyer X4-ES in November/December 2014 Canadian Aviator

Draganfly Innovations is proud to be featured in back-to-back issues of Canadian Aviator Magazine, showing how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can aid in public safety applications. The article titled “Draganflyer Goes to Washington” outlines the May 2013 life-saving mission by the RCMP in Saskatchewan, and subsequent entry of the Draganflyer X4-ES used into the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

You can read the full article in the November/December Digital Issue of Canadian Aviator Magazine:
Draganflyer Goes to Washington

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Draganflyer X4-ES Makes Aviation History at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum


The Saskatoon-manufactured Draganflyer X4-ES, the first small unmanned aerial system that was used to save a life is now a part of aviation history at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, VA.

In May 2013, a 25-year old male suffered a serious injury in a single vehicle rollover accident near St. Denis, Saskatchewan. He became disoriented and wandered away from his vehicle, eventually losing consciousness. After hours of searching by ground units and a manned helicopter, the RCMP called in the Draganflyer X4-ES sUAS, which was equipped with a FLIR thermal imaging camera. The driver was located within minutes and it is widely recognized that if he hadn’t been found with the aid of the Draganflyer, he would have succumbed to hypothermia.

The life-saving Draganflyer is now a part of the Smithsonian’s permanent collection. The first sUAS to become part of one of the largest historical collections of aircraft, it has found its place among about 330 other aircraft, including the Enola Gay and one of the first airplanes ever built.

Roger Connor, Smithsonian Space Museum Specialist, says “It was the first small unmanned aerial system to save a human life. This was a real milestone moment in aeronautical history”.

Click here to read the press release of the life-saving mission.

Click here to read the press release of the Smithsonian donation.

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Draganflyer UAVs Mentioned as Public Safety Tool in Canadian Aviator Magazine’s September/October Issue

Draganfly Innovations in September/October 2014 Canadian Aviator

The Draganflyer line of UAV’s has always been known as the industry leader when it comes to filling the aerial imagery needs for public safety applications. In the September/October issue of Canadian Aviator Magazine, Staff Sgt David Domoney from Saskatchewan RCMP “F Division” is interviewed and tells how UAV’s, such as the Draganflyer X4-ES, are being utilized for applications such as collision reconstruction, major crime scenes, search and rescue, and emergency response.

Domoney goes to tell how UAV’ in public safety was introduced by Marc Sharpe with the Ontario Provincial Police, then expanded west to Saskatchewan, including the Saskatoon City Police, Regina City Police and widely through Saskatchewan RCMP “F Division”. Saskatchewan “F Division” currently operates 22 of the 45 UAV’s in possession of the RCMP.

Read this article in the September/October Digital Issue of Canadian Aviator Magazine:
UAV’s Get to Work

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Draganflyer X4-ES Drone Finds Missing Hikers Lost in Woods

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Halifax, NS (PRWEB) September 08, 2014

Having become disoriented after four hours hiking in the woods, the lost family called the RCMP at 8:30PM on Saturday September 6th, 2014 to ask for rescue. The group consisted of a man, woman, child, and dog.

This occurred in a heavily wooded area in Nova Scotia, Canada northeast of Topsail Lake off of Highway 107 outside of Halifax.

A Draganflyer X4-ES UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) was used to locate the hikers with a FLIR Tau thermal infrared camera. This drone was used after sirens and K-9 units failed to locate the family.

Officers found the hikers and returned them to safety around 2:00AM Sunday morning.

Five of these drones have been recently purchased by the Nova Scotia RCMP. Real-time video is relayed from the drone and displayed on the screen of a phone or tablet, with the drone flown remotely by a hand-held controller.

The RCMP intends to deploy the drones for emergency response team calls, major crime investigations, search and rescue operations, and traffic scene reconstruction. A special certificate issued from Transport Canada enables the RCMP to operate these drones.

The first recorded life saved by a drone was also accomplished by a Draganflyer X4-ES helicopter operated by the RCMP on May 9th, 2013, when a driver injured in a single vehicle rollover was located using the thermal FLIR (Forward Looking InfraRed) camera payload after he had become unconscious in a wooded area 2 miles south of the rollover.

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Draganfly Innovations Unmanned Helicopter joins Vertical Flight Exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

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The first life-saving Public Safety operated small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) in the world joins the permanent collection at the National Air and Space Museum for all to see.

Saskatoon, SK (PRWEB) August 12, 2014

On May 9th, 2013 at 00:20 hours the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) investigated a single roll-over accident in a rural area of Saskatchewan, Canada. Ground units and a manned helicopter searched for the seriously injured driver for two hours until the RCMP called in the Draganflyer X4-ES sUAS system equipped with a FLIR thermal imaging payload to assist. The seriously injured driver was quickly located using the sUAS. Now this historic event is being preserved for all to see and experience at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space museum.

The Draganflyer X4-ES is an electric powered quad-rotor helicopter capable of carrying several different payload systems. In the search and rescue mission, the helicopter was flying with a FLIR TAU camera system transmitting live aerial video to the RCMP officer operating the aircraft during the search. The FLIR camera quickly located three potential heat sources, one of which was the injured driver. With the aid of the aerial perspective and real-time live video feed, the pilot directed rescuers to the injured driver. Had the driver not been located, it was determined that he would have died from the injuries sustained during the crash and exposure to the cold.

Smithsonian’s Nation Air and Space Museum:
The National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is located in Chantilly, Va., near Washington Dulles International Airport. The National Air and Space Museum building on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is located at Sixth Street and Independence Avenue S.W. Attendance at both buildings combined exceeded 8 million in 2013, making it the most visited museum in America. The museum’s research, collections, exhibitions and programs focus on aeronautical history, space history and planetary studies. Both buildings are open from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. every day (closed Dec. 25).

About Draganfly Innovations:
Draganfly Innovations, the longest running manufacturer of multi-rotor helicopters in the world and the maker of the first civilian small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) to be credited with saving a life, designs Draganflyer helicopters, the best aerial vehicles in the world, along with Draganview control software. A recognized technology and industry leader, Draganfly shapes the aerial imaging and public safety revolution with its gyro stabilized camera payload systems and digital video down-link technology. Draganfly has reinvented the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and is defining the emergency services market with the Draganflyer Guardian and X4-ES systems.

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Nova Scotia RCMP Utilizes Draganflyer X4-ES sUAS for Public Safety Applications

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The RMCP in Nova Scotia have recently procured Draganflyer X4-ES sUAS systems to add to their toolkit. The RCMP intends to utilize the Draganflyers for many applications including traffic reconstruction situations, search and rescue, emergency response team calls and major crime investigations.

Nova Scotia RCMP have already put the Draganflyer to use, gathering evidence after a highway crash in near Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. The data will allow for better evidence presentation in court.

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