Category Archives: Drones At Work

Ecologists Bested by Drone in a Competition to Count Birds. Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary in Nebraska.

A novel experiment pitted a drone against experienced wildlife spotters to estimate the size of faux flocks.

Two-thousand rubber duckies would make for a pretty epic bath. Or in this case, a first-of-its-kind science experiment. Ecologist Jarrod Hodgson used thousands of rubber duck decoys in a new competitive experiment that matched experienced ecologists against a drone to see which counts wildlife more accurately.

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Drone helps capture suspect after fight breaks out at adult entertainment club in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

A 26-year-old Town of Geneva man was taken into custody and is facing multiple charges after fleeing from police following a fight at an adult entertainment club.

During the altercation, Bohot allegedly fled the scene into the city of Lake Geneva. Officers pursued Bohot until they lost him. A short time later, a City of Lake Geneva detective and sergeant used a drone and within minutes located Bohot using infrared imagery.

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Woman shouts: “Just kill me!” Standoff successfully ended with the help of drones.

A Florida woman shouted to the police: “Just kill me! Just kill me!” Instead, the police used drones to help end a 4-hour-long standoff. The 57-year-old woman had parked her Kia sedan right in front of a semi-truck at a Walmart parking lot.

“She kept talking to herself, yelling profanities and enticing us to shoot her, over and over and over again,” said Capt. Ben Worcester, a member of the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office.

Instead of rushing into the situation, the police officials used two drones to safely monitor the woman without putting any police officers at risk. The unmanned aerial vehicles provided a close-up view of what was going on in the car. Quickly the police officers learned that the woman was washing down pills with vodka. The drone operator was even able to inform the SWAT team when the woman had her finger on the trigger of the gun.

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3DR surveillance drone can find a piece of smoldering ash or a tiny spot of excess heat that could spark a wildfire.

On a recent Thursday, Laker piloted the drone over a 3.5-acre section of the refuge near Funny River Road where a hazardous fuel reduction project was taking place. As fire officials monitored small piles of burning wood and ash, Laker watched a shifting array of colors on a screen.

“As I pan around it will see the fires,” Laker explained, pointing out bright red and yellow colors on the screen.

From where he was standing, Laker could tell that one fire was still burning at 370 degrees and that an ash pile had cooled to a frosty 27 degrees.

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Drones help to retrieve body of drowned swimmer at Fingal Head, New South Wales, Australia.

Even though emergency services had found the body in the water, dangerous surf conditions prevented them from retrieving the body. With the help of boats, jet skis, police divers, and drones, they were able to safely bring the body back to shore on Thursday morning.

“The drones give us another perspective on the water with a bird’s eye view,” Mr Samuels said. “Drones and helicopters can be very beneficial on a day like this.”

Australia has been deploying drones on a larger scale than anywhere else in the world for rescuing swimmers and keeping beachgoers safe in general. Recently two swimmers were safely brought back to shore with the help of the Little Ripper drone.

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Drone footage shows powerful rip tide dragging swimmers out to sea.

The beach was officially unpatrolled at 8am, but lifeguards had gathered there for an early morning training session, Port News reports.

A surfer had already reached the swimmers, keeping their heads above water as lifeguards rushed to help.

“I swam out, wrapped a rescue tube around one of them who was grabbing onto the man’s surfboard,” lifeguard Angus Knox said.

“Once the rescue board arrived we were able to paddle the two back around to the beach, into the wave zone and onto the sand bank.”

The video of the rescue shows just how quickly people can be dragged in a rip.

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Surveillance Drone catches trainer Brian Sylvia secretly medicating harness racing horse.

The disturbing video shows Sylvia rip the tube from the horse’s nasal passage, causing it to recoil as it hits its nose.

Despite being caught in the act, Sylvia lied and protested his innocence right up to the day of his HRV disciplinary hearing in September.

He was given a 15-month disqualification and fined $2000 after pleading guilty to five charges including giving false evidence and failing to produce the horse for drug testing.

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