Rapid Imaging Software has announced that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) students from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will use the company’s SmartCam3D View augmented reality software in the UAS/Severe Weather Disaster Relief Operations Study Away Program taking place in Oklahoma. During the study, students will learn operational and coordination requirements associated with UAS in support of disaster relief operations in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.
SmartCam3D View shows map data such as street names and points of interest as overlays on video. This information assists the UAS pilot with safe flight operations and enhances disaster relief operations such as:
- Searching for missing persons or survivors
- Determining extent of damage to homes or infrastructure
- Directing emergency response teams to safe routes to affected areas
- Finding damaged infrastructure, storm drains or fire hydrants
- Avoiding flight hazards,power lines and towers
“Embry Riddle is a leader in UAS education and we wanted to expose students to the best AR technology available”, stated David Geisler, Vice President of Operations for Rapid Imaging Software. “We believe that drones equipped with AR will save lives and crucial time for agencies.”
Dr. Joseph Cerreta, Embry Riddle Assistant Professor of Aeronautical Science, noted, “Students will operate under the FAA’s Part 107 sUAS rule using thermal imaging cameras, loaned from Rocky Mountain Unmanned Systems (RMUS), to effectively operate at night in search and rescue operations under a Certificate of Waiver. Thermal cameras with Rapid Imaging Software’s augmented reality can make night operations safer and more effective for first responders.”
The goal of the study is to teach students how UAS can assist local communities when disaster strikes.