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DJI, LAFD collaborate to UAS technology
DJI and the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) have entered into a partnership to create, test and deploy DJI UAS technology as an emergency response and preparedness tool, the company announced on 8 April.
The agreement will provide the LAFD with access to new technologies, training and support to incorporate advanced UAS technology into its operations. Combining advanced drone technology with new software tools will help bridge the gap between helicopters and firefighters on the ground, allowing firefighters to address life-threatening situations faster and more effectively.
The agency is currently using DJI’s Matrice 200, Matrice 600 and Phantom 4 Pro UAS equipped with visual and thermal imaging cameras that provide real-time video and data transmission to incident commanders.
The technology will continue to be used by the LAFD across a variety of situations including hot-spot identification and aerial mapping to help manage wildfire response, as well as incident response for swift water rescues, hazmat operations and urban SAR missions.
DJI will receive valuable insight into the complexities of deploying UAS for emergency situations, allowing it to continue to refine and develop new technologies that will allow public safety agencies around the world to gain more value from life-saving drone technology.
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