Scotland’s national police force are set to deploy remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) to help them find missing people. The drone system will use advanced cameras in conjunction with a neural computer network to accurately spot a target.
The system was trained with hundreds of hours of ‘test’ footage of police officers dressed in different clothing, situations and positions. By using this test footage to learn from, the AI drones have been trained to scour an image and locate a person within seconds at a distance of up to 150 meters. The RPAS will be controlled by a trained officer on the ground, while another officer interprets a real-time video feed send from the RPAS directly to a smartphone.
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“There’s a very highly-powered optical camera which can allow us to see things quite clearly from a good height. Also, there’s a thermal imaging sensor which detects heat,” Inspector Nicholas Whyte of Police Scotlands air support unit told the BBC.
The RPAS will not only help police scan large areas of the ground when searching for a missing person, the technology could be used to monitor wildlife both on land and at sea.
“The use of remotely piloted aircraft systems in an operational policing environment is still a relatively new field and this collaboration presents a unique opportunity for Police Scotland to be involved in the development of new technology which will enhance the service delivered to the people of Scotland,” said Whyte.