Chicago Tribune, byKaren Berkowitz,
Highland Park Police Chief Louis Jogmen says a drone could have aided first responders in their recent searches for a missing swimmer and kayaker who disappeared on Lake Michigan. The chief said drones could maximize life-saving efforts and reduce the risk to first responders during severe weather conditions on the shores of Lake Michigan.
An agency also may use drones during a disaster or public health emergency, or if a judge has approved a search warrant based on probable cause. Two bills that would have allowed drone surveillance for crowd monitoring at large events stalled during the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly.
The Verge, by Sean O’Kane
DJI is taking one of its newest drones and turning it into something small businesses and government agencies might want to use, the Mavic 2 Enterprise — a modular $1,999 version of the Mavic 2 Zoom — that is better suited for tasks like inspection or search and rescue.
Mavic 2 Enterprise comes with three different accessories. There’s a 2,400-lumen spotlight, a 100-decibel speaker, and a flashing strobe. The loudspeaker allows operators to remotely blast up to 10 custom recordings, and the strobe is visible from three miles away. DJI says the accessories help move its products “beyond imaging” and “into configurable platforms that enhance aerial productivity.”
Forbes, by Jennifer Kite-Powell
Drones are increasingly used by emergency organizations to quickly collect reliable data from impacted areas that are unsafe or impossible for humans and other human-crewed vehicles to reach. This data allows response crews to identify which areas require immediate assistance, facilitate search and rescue efforts for survivors and survey damage for future rebuilding and insurance purposes.
A drone company in North Carolina, PrecisionHawk, is preparing to deploy hundreds of pilots from its drone pilot network, Droners.IO, to respond to insurance claims in the wake of Hurricane Florence the week of September 17, 2018.
“Today, insurers are increasingly using drones for asset inspections, particularly when assessing claims. With drones, insurers can gather data about asset conditions that is unprecedented in precision and objectivity,” said Michael Chasen, CEO, PrecisionHawk. “This practice is transforming the claims cycle, making it faster and safer for adjusters to observe, analyze and assess the damage associated with incidents ranging from one-off accidents to natural disasters.”
Technology playing a vital role before, during and after storms.
NPR, by Korva Coleman
High-altitude searches are a risky business. When a climber goes missing in places like the Himalayas, the thin air, avalanches and hidden crevasses can mean danger for rescue climbers. So let us introduce the hero of our story, the DJI Mavic Pro drone. It was used earlier this month to help find Scottish mountaineer Rick Allen.
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Drone DJ, by Haye Kesteloo
It all started Friday morning around 5 a.m. when 9-year-old Camille Wesley Corbett was reported missing. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the young girl was last seen Friday morning early on the Northside at a home in the area of 8th Avenue and Prospect Street. Boats, dogs, a helicopter, and drone company FlyMotion have all contributed to the search for the girl. Fortunately, she has been found after an 18-hour search party and has since been reunited with her family.