More than 500 Lives Saved by Drones: DJI Continues Mapping Project

The latest rescue occurred in Missouri last month, when a missing 93-year-old woman was rescued from a dark field, after the Sheriff’s deputies discovered her using a DJI drone with a thermal imaging camera.

More than 500 Lives Saved by Drones: DJI Continues Mapping Project
More than 500 Lives Saved by Drones: DJI Continues Mapping Project

More than 500 Lives Saved by Drones: DJI Continues Mapping Project

Leading aerial photography systems provider DJI has published the results of its survey project which shows that more than 500 lives have been saved thanks to drones. The latest rescue occurred in Missouri last month, when a missing 93-year-old woman was rescued from a dark field, after the Sheriff’s deputies discovered her using a DJI drone with a thermal imaging camera, reported Dronelife.

The project was started in 2017 when DJI published a paper called “Lives Saved: A Survey of Drones in Action”, which showed that even during 2016 – 2017, drones helped save almost one life every week. That paper has now evolved into the DJI Drone Rescue Map, which lets users view rescue incidents all over the world.

The rescue in Missouri was a perfect example of why inexpensive, off-the-shelf drones can play a key role in the police and especially in public safety departments.

The thermal imaging data released by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office shows how the drone detected Chris Fairchild as a bright yellow dot in the darkness, and then guided deputies on the ground to her.

The Sheriff’s Office acquired two DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual drones this year, with four deputies set to start flight training soon.