A new drone which has infrared capabilities is in the country that can help Rarotonga’s search and rescue efforts.
The drone, which has a dual camera and equipped with infrared, is owned by Byron Brown.
the president of Rotaract Rarotonga, said the drone was an older model but was
sufficient for Rarotonga.
help the search and rescue team to locate people (lost) up in the mountain a
lot easier, it will kind of pinpoint where they are instead of trying to do
guesswork,” Brown said.
somebody is out in the bush and they’re underneath a tree that body heat will
be coming through relative to the other surrounding temperatures, so if
somebody was under the tree or something like that you could see them quite
said the drone use was more suited to land but could be also used in the ocean.
It can pick up a person’s body temperature relative to the sea.
said it could be used in the Takitumu Conservation Area as well to find dogs
packs of dogs that live up in the mountain and nobody knows where they are,
they attack wildlife and if you can get a location on where these animals live,
it could be used to control those numbers.
can actually get some data on it as well.”
drone can also be used commercially like surveying solar panels.
said the drone could give solar panel owners an instant reading if a panel is out
said it could also be used to find fire hotspots in a bush fire situation.
Islands Police spokesperson Trevor Pitt said the Police would be interested in
using the drone but Brown needed to approach the commander in charge of search
will depend on him making it available at all hours of the night,” Pitt said.