West Jordan, Utah, September 28, 2015– This is to inform the public that Utah Drone Imaging has started a Kickstarter campaign to fund an important project.
This campaign is for the assistance of funding to build a Search & Rescue UAV that will be used on a volunteer or donation basis only in search & rescue operations here in The State of Utah.
Utah Drone Imaging has seen a need that we can provide to the general public with our knowledge of UAV Imaging and feel we can help in the efforts of saving lives and locating people. We feel that this service should not depend on a person’s ability to pay for this service when a life is at stake. That is why we are seeking the assistance of a Kickstarter campaign to obtain the necessary funds to build the UAV needed.
Here in Utah we consistently have a need for such a drone! We recently had flash floods where several people were killed and some are still missing. We could fly that area in minutes where it would take search and rescue personnel hours and a helicopter may not even see them where a low flying UAV and an inferred camera would pick them out much easier.
A few weeks back we had a 10 year old boy whom became lost hiking thank god he was found the next evening safe. We believe we would have been able to find him that night using this type of equipment.
The most expensive part is the camera. Thermal Imaging Cameras can run thousands of dollars alone. We are a startup and we don’t have the capitol to build this ourselves however there is an immediate need for this equipment. With winter coming, stranded and injured hikers and outdoor enthusiasts will increase that demand.
Utah Drone Imaging’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) will be able to provide real-time visual information and data in the aftermath of an earthquake, flood, hurricane, or other natural disasters and provide a first responder an eye in the sky to find a lost child or hiker. When a disaster or incident threatens lives and livelihoods, emergency responders require information and real-time imagery in order to make better decisions. UAS’s can provide situational awareness over a large area quickly, reducing the time and the number of searchers required to locate and rescue an injured or lost person, greatly reducing the cost of search and rescue missions. They can be the first eyes in the sky – immediately after an incident, letting first responders know precisely where to direct resources. The possibilities for helping ensure public safety are endless.
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