Surf Life Saving New South Wales Australia this week commenced drone trials at nine locations, using DJI's Phantom 4 Pros and Matrice M600’s.
The machines have learning algorithms that analyse a live video stream that generates an alert when it identifies any shark activity. Twenty seven life savers and forty three life guards have each cross trained to become drone pilots for the program.
Life guards have never been able to conduct patrols from sixty meters above the water, moving at speeds of up to 50 KM/H. Kelvin Morton UAV Project Manager, Surf Life Saving New South Wales said, “This is a game changer in our relentless pursuit of excellence when it comes to keeping people safe on our beaches”
Interesting use of the technology without doubt. I hope the trial prove successful.