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DJI And DroneSAR Bring Search And Rescue App To First Responders

Press release   •   Nov 03, 2016 16:00 GMT

DJI DroneSAR app screenshot

DJI, the world’s leading maker of unmanned aerial vehicles, and DroneSAR, the Irish tech start-up revolutionising the search and rescue industry, have announced a new search and rescue app that seamlessly integrates a drone’s unique aerial perspective on life-and-death searches into incident management software, ensuring rescue crews can use drones effectively to save lives.

DroneSAR can stream live images and video, from a regular or thermal imaging camera, to an incident command center as well as other rescue teams on the ground. The software can tag the GPS coordinates of a victim and automatically transmit them by email or SMS, enabling ground crews to reach victims more quickly. Completed search patterns are all recorded and logged for easy handover to oncoming rescue crews.

The app takes into account various types of terrain, allowing the drone to fly patterns to survey an area faster and more effectively. Flight paths can be adjusted for any terrain including hills, mountains, trees or flat land. The software allows users to choose an automatic aerial search pattern based on variables such as altitude, field of view, battery life and probability of detection. By organising the process of data collection and providing a framework to manage and analyse it, DroneSAR ensures drones can be used methodically as part of a rescue protocol, allowing personnel to work more safely and effectively.

“From understanding on how to use the technology, to communicating findings and data, to figuring out the most appropriate tactical approach, first responders can benefit greatly from this software app on our DJI hardware,” said Romeo Durscher, Director of Education at DJI. “Many of the tasks and strategies deployed during a search and rescue operation can get sped up with automation, helping to reduce the time it takes to find a victim and save lives.”

The first-of-its-kind software was developed based on research done by DJI in conjunction with the European Emergency Number Association and Ireland’s Donegal Mountain Search and Rescue team. The groups found that while a five-person rescue team on foot needs an average of two hours to find a victim in one square kilometer, a drone can do the job in 20 minutes or less while taking additional active steps to achieve a successful rescue.

“Our aim is to save lives,” said Oisin McGrath, Co-Founder and CEO of DroneSAR. “Our software will reduce risk to search teams and reduce search time. If we can save just one life, that is mission success for us at DroneSAR.”

Further details on DJI-DroneSAR hardware and software package availability will be announced in due course. 

For additional information, please contact:
Matt Bailey, EU PR Manager DJI -
Oisin McGrath, DroneSAR Co-Founder and CEO –

DJI is a global leader in developing and manufacturing innovative drone and camera technology for commercial and recreational use. DJI was founded and is run by people with a passion for remote-controlled helicopters and experts in flight-control technology and camera stabilisation. The company is dedicated to making aerial photography and filmmaking equipment and platforms more reliable and easier to use for creators and innovators around the world. DJI’s global operations currently span North America, Europe and Asia, and its revolutionary products and solutions have been chosen by customers in over 100 countries; for applications in film, advertising, construction, fire fighting, farming, and many other industries.

DroneSAR, Ireland’s most exciting tech start-up, is revolutionising the search and rescue industry with a new drone software that enables DJI drones with a range of rescue functions. The DroneSAR team is composed of military flight instructors, an award winning app designer and a mountain rescue team leader. Together they have developed this groundbreaking software which will reduce risk, save time and increase operational effectiveness of rescue teams worldwide.

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