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Automatic lifejacket detection from drones

garymortimer (1882326) writes | more than 3 years ago

The Military 2

garymortimer writes "Sentient has enhanced its automated target detection solution Kestrel Maritime to detect small, high visibility objects such as life jackets, supporting maritime search and rescue operations.

Kestrel Maritime is a software solution that processes electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) full motion video (FMV) from manned and unmanned vehicles (UAVs). The Life Jacket Detection enhances Kestrel Maritime EO capability to automatically detect small, high visibility objects whilst searching wide maritime areas."

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Anything that helps lost at sea (1)

NSN A392-99-964-5927 (1559367) | more than 2 years ago | (#35259538)

I am a strong supporter of the RNLI here in the UK so yes this gets the thumbs up for me. This will help and maybe replace the crap life jackets under the seats of aeroplanes.

Might be a game changer in sUAS world (1)

garymortimer (1882326) | more than 2 years ago | (#35261468)

Well I would say it is, because I posted it!! The implications are pretty huge really. Whilst the Hummingbird is a cool DARPA project that has received loads of attention this technology can be implemented right now with platforms that several of us own. It would be making a difference and perhaps save lives. Imagine man overboard on some sort of large boat, it takes miles to turn around, firstly deploy cameras on highpoints of the boat and scan the sea, second chuck a handheld simple flying wing off the deck and let it look as well. With all these things you have to remember its all technology at its start. Imagine what will be about in 10 years time. I would have thought it would be cheap enough to put some sort of transponder on a lifejacket these days though.
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