WATERLOO — There was a time when unmanned aerial robots were the stuff of science fiction, or at least of James Bond and Robert Ludlum. Now, the OPP is using them to photograph accident scenes.
The OPP's Highway Safety Division, which includes the Cambridge detachment that polices the Conestoga Parkway, highways 401 and 7-8 and other major highways in the region, is using two of the sophisticated robots to get a precise, bird's-eye view of serious collisions.
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to test alternative methods for collecting photos and evidence at the scene of traffic accidents on provincial roadways and highways. This article in the Hamilton Spectator describes how the OPP is using UAS in Hamilton and surrounding areas.
Aeryon Labs is featured in a Vital Signs Magazine article that discusses future applications for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in medicine and medical-emergency situations.
Formerly the territory of very experienced modelers and the military, RC helicopters and drones had a reputation of being extremely expensive, complicated vehicles to build and fly – needing skills similar to those possessed by actual helicopter pilots as the miniature controls and flight characteristics are virtually the same.
When Libyan rebels marched on Tripoli in 2011, a Canadian drone led the way.
The unmanned aircraft, a product of a company called Aeryon Labs based in Waterloo, Ont., sliced slowly over the landscape, mapping the terrain and sending valuable tactical information to the soldiers. Six months later, a similar scene played out in perhaps the polar opposite setting, as an Aeryon craft hummed across the Bering Sea, relaying ice conditions ahead of a Russian tanker dispatched to deliver vital fuel to the town of Nome, Alaska, which had been caught off guard by an early winter.
In March 2014, Aeryon Labs’ Business Development Manager, Andy Buck, visited the company’s reseller partner, TEK Chile. The following is a translated (from Spanish) excerpt from an article on the TEK Chile website.