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The Military Transportation Hardware

Automatic Life Jacket Detection For Drones 85 85

garymortimer writes "Sentient, an Australian company that makes drone software, has given UAVs the ability to search for small, high visibility objects such as life jackets. From the article: '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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Automatic Life Jacket Detection For Drones

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  • Re:Seems good (Score:5, Interesting)

    by camperdave (969942) on Sunday February 20, 2011 @10:54PM (#35264260) Journal
    Search and Rescue also fly around with pigeons [susanscott.net] which are trained to peck at a button when they see life-jacket orange. They hit at a 90% rate compared to a human's 38%. Humans in helicopters? If your floating in the drink I think you'd be better off with a drone. Granted, a rescue chopper could pick you up as soon as they saw you, but at nearly a 2/3 chance of being missed?

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