In the critical moments after a disaster, the first concern is to save lives and assess the extent of the damage.

Powered by SmartCam3D adds augmented reality (AR) overlays to live or recorded video, making it useful before, during and after a natural disaster. The flight was conducted by Bird’s Eye Solutions using a DJI Phantom 3 at Steuben, Wisconsin on the Kickapoo River during a flood on September 24, 2016.

In the video, the bridge on Bridge Street is submerged, but the street name is shown as is the nearest intersection with AR overlays. Armed with this information, dispatchers can direct rescue teams via the best route. In addition, since the street is identified in the video there is no confusion about which bridge is in the view.  Emergency services can be routed efficiently and the public can be warned away from the area.

Powered by SmartCam3D augmented reality software is used with a variety of unmanned systems from DJI drones through tactical unmanned aircraft systems.  This patented technology is cloud based and compatible with a variety of operating systems and devices.

I wanted to understand more about what went on behind the curtain so I reached out to Rapid Imaging Software. Leslie Clark, the Director of Business Development got back to me with the following:

RIS licenses GIS data from major GIS data providers, and then our cloud server delivers  this data over the net to our client applications. At the current time we have worldwide coverage, with higher resolution street and street name data in the US, Canada, and Mexico.

A couple of things make this a particularly powerful solution:

If customers have  property boundaries, parcel data, or GIS data unique to your region or application, then we can serve it. Another option is to stand up a server and serve it internally to SmartCam3D clients running within an enterprise.

Easy to imagine big utilities, pipelines and others integrating their own data.

Users can add their own data using the “Find Me” function. For example at the simplest level, if you have a friend with an iPhone, your friend can run our app, and send you her/his position with a click of a button, and you can see that when you fly your drone. Here is a video about how that works:

The “Find Me’ function seems to be particularly powerful. Seems like a great way to coordinate searchers, crews or other resources when deployed in the field.



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