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Transforming Accident Investigation With Drones

As the drone industry continues to soar, public safety agencies are reaping life-saving benefits from innovative UAV technology

Police Departments around the US are now using drones to investigate accident scenes.

Collect Data Faster with Drones

Coupled with the latest drones, officers use mapping software from DroneDeploy to investigate accidents without wasting time or resources deploying manned helicopters. In many cases, a traffic accident scene scan takes less than 10 minutes with a drone.

An orthomosaic drone map of the scene created with DroneDeploy.

“We think drones can help first responders act more effectively on the scene by capturing aerial information during natural disasters and accidents.”—Sergeant Kelly Roberts of the Hartselle Police Department

Increase Officer Safety in the Field

The same drone technology that keeps accident investigations short also keeps officers safe. Once an aerial scan is complete, investigators can review the data from their office, reducing the time needed to stop traffic, which in turn creates a safer experience for drivers and officers. Sergeant Roberts says this is a major benefit to public safety because anytime traffic is stopped the chances of another accident occurring go up.

An overhead photo collected at the scene with DroneDeploy and the DJI Mavic Pro.

Get a Birds-Eye-View of the Scene

Because drone flights cover an entire scene at once, data points are rarely missed as they might be in a typical “walk-around” investigation. “Having an aerial perspective makes a big difference,” said Sergeant Roberts.

Reconstruct Imagery and Markup Maps

Markup maps with annotations and take measurements with DroneDeploy.

Where to Learn More

See how RTI Forensics uses drone maps and models help investigate catastrophic failures in this post.

Get Started with DroneDeploy

Want to learn how DroneDeploy can help your business? Visit www.dronedeploy.com to start your free trial or request a consultation with one of our team members. The DroneDeploy mobile application is available for free download for both iOS and Android devices.



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