Louisville, Kentucky, was the scene of a recent train derailment involving several hazardous material containers. The Scout was used to provide emergency response personnel with critical information to aid in containing both the fire and potential chemical contamination - protecting both first responders and the general public.
"The Halton Regional Police Service started using the Aeryon Scout for collision reconstruction but, as detective Dave Banks of Halton's Forensic Services now explains, they are now finding many other uses for the versatile device. 'We have used it for six search and rescue missions with the thermal imaging FLIR camera at night.'
Aeryon Labs builds and integrates smart flight controls and sensors into a backpack-portable Micro Unmanned Aircraft System that flies itself and downlinks imagery to a tablet.
Dave Kroetsch, President and cofounder of Aeryon Labs Inc. speaks to 3D Visualisation World on the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems in providing high quality imagery for 3D and 4D applications. In the interview, Dave also touches on how the company was started and how the Scout distinguishes itself from other micro-UAV`s in the market. The Scout precisely georeferences and integrates images taken to produce 2D orthomosaics and 3D models. Its design allows the Scout to fly lower and slower than manned aircraft allowing it to capture extremely detailed imagery making it perfectly suited for 3D modelling and analysis.
One of the key benefits of sUAS is that they help isolate the human element from dangerous environments - whether a soldier who needs to see over the next hill, a police officer facing a barricaded suspect, or a field worker who needs to perform a detailed inspection of potentially hazardous equipment. From a distance up to 3km, Scout operators can receive and simultaneously share live aerial imaging or other sensor data.
A recent spectacular demonstration of this role for sUAS occurred after the biggest remote controlled plane crash in history - as the Discovery Channel investigated what happened during and after the crash landing of a Boeing 727.