Remote Geosystems geoDVR deployed for search and rescue

November 27, 2017

Remote GeoSystemNorth Shore Rescue and Talon Helicopters have successfully deployed a geoDVR Gen2 with a FLIR daylight EO/IR gyro-stabilized video camera on an Airbus TwinStar (AS355) for search-and-rescue (SAR) missions.

NSR and Talon team operate the geoDVR and FLIR during ground training in October 2017.

NSR and Talon team operate the geoDVR and FLIR during ground training in October 2017.

The geoDVR Gen2 is an advanced mil-spec DVR for recording multiple channels of HD & Standard-Definition geospatial full motion video in airborne and rugged vehicle environments.

The geoDVR’s ability to reliably record HD color and infrared, along with continuous GPS data and Live Moving Maps, make it suited for professional airborne search and rescue, law enforcement and infrastructure inspection applications that utilize multi-sensor gimbal video cameras.

“Remote Geo has a reputation for building one of the industry’s most dependable and user-friendly airborne geospatial video recorders, complete with flexible post-flight mapping tools. So the geoDVR Gen2 was an obvious choice when we were asked to fly the FLIR on the TwinStar for mountain search and rescue,” says Peter Murray, Founder/Operations Manager at Talon Helicopters.

“Adding the FLIR camera to North Shore Rescue’s toolbox has been a great enhancement to NSR’s capabilities,” said Jim Loree, North Shore Rescue SAR manager and air operations coordinator. “Having the ability to record and geo-track the location of the video seemed essential to maximizing the full potential of the FLIR camera. The geoDVR allows searchers to review recorded video for clues that may or may not have been observed during the flight.”

“This feature could also be highly valuable in a large-scale disaster such as an earthquake where widespread areas are surveyed for damage,” Loree said. “Emergency Operation Centers would be able to use the data to help them make decisions on where and how to deploy resources based on the exact location and extent of damages provided by the video recording.”

North Shore Rescue and Talon Helicopters will use the geoDVR with a FLIR generously donated by Port of Vancouver to perform helicopter-based SAR operations with color and infrared. Then, using LineVision™ software post-flight, North Shore Rescue will review the geoDVR videos and flight tracks overlaid on Google Earth and Esri maps for training mission planning and recovery operations.

Because North Shore Rescue is an all volunteer organization, Remote GeoSystems donated 18 LineVision Esri Maps and LineVision Google Earth licenses as part of the implementation.

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