Charles Werner

Episode 001: Visual Intelligence: Drones for Searching Rescues and Damage Assessment with Christopher Todd

Episode 001: Visual Intelligence: Drones for Searching Rescues and Damage Assessment with Christopher Todd

Every day around the world first responders are raising drones to help save lives, protect property, and enhance responder safety, these are the drone responders. Welcome to Drone Responders, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for public safety and fire rescue, presented by AiRXOS, part of GE Aviation with additional financial support from FirstIZ and Pix4D. Charles Werner, your host, welcomes you to the inaugural episode of Drones for Good, he is a retired fire chief and world-renowned public safety drone advocate. Today’s guest is Christopher Todd, Airborne International Response Team´s executive director. He shares his experience participating in operations with drones after the strike of hurricane Dorian and when Florida International University’s pedestrian bridge collapsed. Listen to this episode for an expert view on how drones are an affordable tool to use not only for emergency management and public safety but also for mitigation phases. Key Takeaways: [1:20] Chris shares how he became interested and involved in emergency management and public safety UAS. [5:30] Chris talks about his experience in seeing drones in emergency management disaster. [6:48] Drones have been perceived as military gear and they have been weaponized until they were involved in attending hurricanes. [8:40] Operational aspects that showed the benefits of using drones for attending disasters. [10:24] Visual Intelligence through Drones for searching rescues and damage assessment. [12:27] Chris talks about his experience assisting the community after hurricane Dorian running operations without internet connection. [15:13] How Chris and his team took care of their own personal safety. [16:21] Chris explains how the situation was in Marsh Harbour when Hurricane Dorian hit. [17:51] Drones are being used earlier during mitigation phases, rather than only in disaster response. [19:37] Chris shares how he used Pix4Dreact during the operation at Marsh Harbour. [23:40] Planning ahead: the utilization of drones in advance for hurricanes. [24:55] Chris shares his thoughts on logistics. [26:11] The value of streaming systems. [29:00] What are the current limitations of drones? [31:11] Augmented reality (AR) is going to be one of the game-changers for disaster response. [32:25] Chris talks about the operation at Florida International University when a pedestrian bridge collapsed. [34:33] What is the value of doing a 3D model? [36:50] Chris shares how they did autonomous flights using Pix4Dcapture. [37:19] Drones and COVID-19. [40:59] Chris explains the mission of Airborne International Response Team, how they started, and how people can get involved. [43:14] AIRT and DRONERESPONDERS 2020 Drones in Public Safety Survey, complete and contribute! [44:38] Chris talks about the AIRT podcast series.   Mentioned in this episode: Airborne International Response Team Presented by AiRXOS, part of GE Aviation with additional support from FirstIZ and Pix4D AIRT is the leading 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supporting Drones For Good and Public Safety UAS. Become a member of Drone Responders for free. AIRT and DRONERESPONDERS 2020 Drones in Public Safety Survey Drone Responders Events   Tweetables and Quotes: “Drones have been perceived as military gear and they have been weaponized until they were involved in attending hurricanes.”   “Flying drones is the easy part, the challenge comes with the logistics”   “Amateur starts with tactics while experts start with logistics”   “AIRT was created as an air force using unmanned systems and drones.”

Duration: 47 min

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