Drones & iPads Used In NZ Earthquake Rescue Operation

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Drones linked to wireless camera technology, along with iPads linked to listening and sensing software is being used by rescuers in New Zealand to search for people still trapped in buildings after yesterday’s 6.5 earthquake in New Zealand.

New Zealand Television showed a helicopter type drone hovering over a building, the device has built in wireless cameras and noise sensing technology incorporated into what appears to be a helicopter type device with four arms.

Controlled via a handheld remote, data is sent back to a viewing screen which can either be an iPad or TV screen the controller said.


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Rescue workers have had to leave bodies in the streets of Christchurch as they focus on trying to save trapped survivors, using whatever means they can, including the use of advanced search and rescue technology that can be accessed on a Smartphone or tablet.

Among the gear being used is what is called a SnakeEye, this is a high resolution hand held remote video inspection system with integrated image storage capabilities. It combines a CCD camera and TFT-LCD display screen image storage onto SD memory cards.

 It is being used to inspect behind walls, inside ceiling and behind collapsed concrete which is blocking access for Australian and New Zealand rescue workers.

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