Drone AI first for Scottish police force
Police Scotland has announced its plans to use artificial intelligence to help its drone operators find missing and vulnerable people.
Speaking of the solution, a spokesperson said: “Trained with hundreds of hours of footage of police officers in different clothing, positions, and situations, the AI scours an image and can locate a person within seconds, at a distance of up to 150 metres.
“The system is twice as fast as other state-of-the-art algorithms and its ability to recognise a human is enhanced the more it is used. The RPAS [remotely piloted aircraft system] is operated by a specially trained officer on the ground, while another officer receives a real-time video feed from the [drone] cameras on a smartphone."
Speaking to BBC Scotland, Police Scotland Inspector Nicholas Whyte said: "The drone itself has very special sensors on it.
"There's a very highly-powered optical camera which can allow us to see things quite clearly from a good height. Also, there's a thermal imaging sensor which detects heat.
"We're there to find people. People who need our help or people who are lost."
The technology has been developed by a consortium of partners, consisting of CENSIS, Thales UK, the University of the West of Scotland, and Police Scotland itself.
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