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Airborne Optical Sectioning – We Can See Through Trees

Airborne Optical Sectioning – We Can See Through Trees

I recently wrote a post about FLIR clearly saying thermal cameras can’t see through foliage. See this post.

My research for that post led to a developing drone artificial intelligence (AI) solution to effectively see through trees with current thermal cameras to find people below tree canopies.

I had the pleasure of tracking down the principal investigator developing this technology and shot this discussion below.

This is a great example of the technology to come versus what we struggle to deal with today.

Better solutions are coming, and the ability to have the drone fly autonomously, see-through trees, identify a human target, and alerts the PIC, is a dream come true.

Watch the video below and see what you think of this developing SAR solution.

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The Public Safety Flight website is dedicated to news, honest information, tips, and stories about the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), UAVs, aircraft, and drones in the fire service and other public safety niches.The site was founded by Steve Rhode, an FAA-certificated airplane commercial and instrument certificated pilot and a very experienced Part 107 UAS commercial pilot. Steve is the Chief Pilot with the Wake Forest Fire Department and the North Carolina Public Safety Drone Academy. He also provides expert advice to drone pilots through Homeland Security Information Network and he is an FAA Safety Team drone expert. Steve loves to work closely with public safety pilots to answer questions and share information, real-world truth, and drone operation advice. You can contact Steve here, learn more about Steve here, or join his public safety pilot private email list here.