RTK Tablets for Crash Scene Investigations in Bad Weather

6-Features-of-Rugged-Tablets-for-Law-EnforcementRugged tablets are helping with the rapid management of crash scene investigations in bad weather, providing ways to accurately map and record the scene before swiftly clearing it. These tablets are designed to be used in tandem with drones, delivering swiftly cleared sites and allowing restored traffic while helping to safeguard the lives of first responders and others on the scene. When crash sites can be cleared with less risk to critical emergency management personnel, and minimized danger to clean up crews, even bad weather doesn’t have to compromise any potential investigation.

There are extremely high risks associated with working a crash site, and inclement weather, including wet, slushy, or snow covered roads can increase this risk and delay reopening of lanes or roads. In addition, a crash scene is also often a crime scene, meaning careful documentation is expected and will need to be accurate and clear enough to stand up in court if need be.

While an initial crash may injure many people involved, additional victims are added to the toll each year in the way of first responders and cleanup crews on site who put themselves on the front lines of a crash site investigation, tending survivors, documenting the crash, and clearing the scene.

Drones used in combination with  GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) RTK (Real-Time Kinematic) rugged tablets can contribute to faster, more effective crash scene clearing, while still gathering vital evidence which is accurate enough to be used later if required for a civil or criminal court proceeding. Rugged tablets can receive and analyze data sent by drones flying over the scene in repeated sweeps from the same altitude to generate overlapping images, when properly combined, the images for a clear view of the crash site that is accurate to within 1-2 centimeters and delivers perfect 3-D detail.

The entire process takes only a fraction the time required for traditional crash scene documentation, allowing the site to be rapidly cleared and traffic to resume as officials o the scene move away from the documented scene and turn their attention to serving survivors and managing reports. The data collected by the drones and tablets can be recorded and distributed within acceptable privacy parameters to analysts, medical professionals, insurance carriers, law enforcement personnel, and lawyers to provide a clear picture of events and help determine any additional action if required.

The ability of rugged tablets to speed process and save lives continues to expand, and law enforcement agencies are adding them to tool-kits with ever increasing frequency.

 

Complementary Tech for Disaster Response Teams

Why-Disaster-Response-Teams-Need-Rugged-TabletsA significant number of record-setting natural disasters have occurred across the United States over the past half-decade, including record setting hurricanes ranging from the East Coast down through Florida and across the Gulf to Texas and massive wildfires across California and the Western U.S.

First responders, utility workers and other field service professionals have worked tirelessly to mitigate the effects of these catastrophic events, and they are employing leading edge technology to restore essential services, render aid, and improve safety.

Drones operated by rugged tablets bring a wealth of benefits to first responders who are engaged in various tasks to serve and protect.

During Wildfires

The advantages of drones has become even more apparent during California’s current fight against wildfires, allowing those on the front lines to receive accurate, real time information about fire progress, direction, and prevailing winds as well as other factors that can help them judge where to deploy resources and how to keep team members safe. With rugged tablets and advanced GIS software, teams can coordinate efforts and find out of the box solutions which can then be utilized in areas not yet reached by fire to evaluate the risk and mitigate it in any number of ways.

Post Hurricane

After hurricanes, many areas are inaccessible or dangerous due to flooding. Drones can be utilized to scan large areas rapidly, providing images that are high quality and close enough to help render a perfect replica of the topography of an area. Rugged tablets can be used to integrate the use of these small unmanned aircraft, and GPS positioning determined down to centimeters of accuracy. This can benefit first responders in multiple ways:

  • Determine safety of terrain and help in decision making
  • Spot survivors in need of rescue
  • Drop much needed supplies in case of emergency
  • Assess damage to homes and property

Pursuit, Search and Rescue, and More

Drone and tablet systems provide cost effective ways to solve real field problems and will continue to provide new and effective ways to assist first responders. The combination is especially relevant for time sensitive missions, from scanning areas in case of a suspect on the run to identifying the location of persons trapped in rough terrain and remote areas when hiking or skiing. Drones can even be utilized to restore voice and data to public safety officials in the event of an incident which makes former modes of communications transmission unavailable.

Coupling the unique situational awareness of a drone with high powered, real time communications devices like rugged tablets reduces the risk of response actions for first responders and allows these complementary technologies to be leveraged for maximum benefit.

The DT340T Tablet + Drone Software Revolutionizes Aerial Viewing

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Combining rugged tablet technology with drone software is changing the way aerial views can help on the ground teams in a wide variety of verticals.

With a rugged tablet enabled to run drone software and control activity via a downloadable app, DT Research is making it easier for first responders, law enforcement officials, utilities, construction site managers and search and rescue crews to quickly and comprehensively map and view large areas without endangering field teams.

Benefits of Drone Software on Rugged Tablets

With a rugged tablet in hand, field teams can:

  • Direct and monitor drone aviation from the ground from long distances with real time connectivity and collaborative management
  • Manage multiple drones to prevent in-air collisions and gain a better picture of the terrain
  • Work with air traffic control to detect other drones in area, and to ensure safety around airports, particularly small fields

Uses for Drone Technology

The ability of field workers to utilize drone technology with the aid of a portable, easy to use rugged tablet allows for safety and accuracy to be increased across multiple verticals. Drones and tablets can be used to:

  • Complete surveying around airports for construction jobs, such as runway extensions
  • Aid first responders in quickly evaluating the scene of a disaster, such as a flood, hurricane, or tornado
  • Help search and rescue teams cover more ground from a birds eye view, resulting in quicker rescues and higher success rates even in difficult and dangerous terrain
  • Assist law enforcement officers with investigating crime scenes
  • Facilitate faster evaluations and remediation for utilities crews by swiftly identifying downed lines

Rugged Tablet Features

The DT340T rugged tablet is ideal for use with drone technology, thanks to features that enhance performance and increase mobility. This model has:

  • A high-brightness screen for outdoor use in all kinds of light
  • Expanded processing power to allow simultaneous use of multiple applications
  • Graphic card options for high-powered graphics and more definition and clarity
  • The ability to drill down in more depth into maps provided by drone flights

All of this is now possible with a lighter weight rugged tablet which is able to complete all the tasks of a comparable but heavier equipment. Drone technology is transforming the way field teams see their surroundings, and can boost efficiency, speed workflows, and save lives.

 

 

Rugged Tablets and Drone Technology in Disaster Zones

Fire-and-Ice----How-Rugged-Tablet-Tech-Meets-Extreme-Temperature-Challen...Portable, military grade rugged tablets with scientific-grade GNSS and integrated RTK positioning are changing the way first responders and cleanup crews handle the aftermath of natural disasters. 

Tablets that are created with drone compatibility in mind have dual frequency GNSS modules to utilize real-time reference points from aerial photogrammetry and can swiftly create 3-D recreations of sites with 1-2 centimeter accuracy.

From forensic mapping to site reconstruction, position data derived from satellite-based positioning systems or captured by drones allows sites to be swept and cleared in short time periods and with an eye to the safety of both the public and response teams. Areas can quickly be checked for those stranded or trapped by rising floodwaters, and evaluate the safety of bridges or structures before attempting to send on-the-ground teams in to do recovery or site clearance.

Public safety teams, investigators, adjusters and other key personnel on field teams working the disaster zone can collect accurate data by utilizing tablet / drone technology. Rugged tablets designed for drone utilization are built to the same rugged specifications as tablets used by military and government teams, providing mobility and real time communication in a device that is intended to meet the demands of harsh environments: 

  • Lightweight, portable rugged cases deliver maximum versatility and portability, for office to vehicle to field use.
  • Sunlight readable displays allow viewing to transition seamlessly from indoors to outdoors.
  • Touch screens provide accessibility via stylus or fingertip writing.
  • Detachable keyboards allow fast data entry anywhere at any time.
  • Vehicle mounts deliver stability and the option to charge while on the move, and batteries can be swapped on the fly for maximum operating time.
  • Easily programmed side buttons and a directional pad are compatible with existing survey and GIS software.

These compact devices offer ultra-mobility combined with all the functionality of an RTK tablet. The combination of ruggedness and leading edge technology provides both flexibility and informational access that can be invaluable to law enforcement and first responders who need data they can trust.

City, county, and state governments can benefit from tablet / drone technology for use in times of natural disaster, to increase safety, drive efficiency, and deliver superior results for those seeking to remedy damage done by a storm or flood. Whether the threat is water, fire, or wind, rugged tablets can deliver fast, accurate mapping and make the jobs of those responsible for savings lives and restoring order safer with purpose built equipment.

 

 

 

Rugged Tablets and Drones for Rapid Crash Scene Clearance

6-Features-of-Rugged-Tablets-for-Law-EnforcementRugged tablets are changing the face of crash scene investigations by providing accurate mapping of crash sites with less risk to first responder and critical emergency management personnel and clearing sites faster for swifter return of flow of traffic and minimized danger to civilians and cleanup crews.

The massive risks associated with the aftermath of a crash site cause hundreds of additional accidents and injuries each year. Once a crash scene is in progress, every minute that elapses between the initial securing of the scene and complete clearing of the scene increases the chances of additional destruction and victims.

Pre-emptive planning and thorough, rapid research can contribute to faster, more effective crash scene clearing without compromising evidence that could later be required in a civil or criminal court proceeding. To achieve the goal of clearing a crash site and securing accurate, reliable, court acceptable readings and measurements, devices that are designed for pinpoint accuracy and speed are required.

More emergency operations are turning to rugged tablets as their portable device of choice over laptops and smartphones. Tablets deliver an easy-to-handle slate design plus expanded functionality and portability without sacrificing speed and power. GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) RTK (Real-Time Kinematic) rugged tablets can capably record, analyze, and deliver all necessary data from a crash site, allowing teams to clear sites swiftly and restore normal traffic flow to prevent further incidents.

Law enforcement personnel who deploy GNSS-RTK rugged tablets with drones can rapidly obtain the necessary measurements for crime scene re-creation, while meeting legal requirements for evidence. The drones are capable of scanning from a set level in repeated sweeps that provide overlapping photos, delivering multiple reference points to obtain accurate measurements to within 1-2 centimeters.

Software can analyze and recreate the scene in perfect 3-D detail, in a tiny percentage of the time required for traditional site surveying methods, allowing the scene to then be cleared and regular traffic to resume. Data collected can later be used as required to satisfy insurance, law enforcement, and other legal procedures with reliable, trusted results that have science on their side.

From mapping scenes with scientific levels of accuracy to geotagging photos to recording notes created on the scene in real time, purpose-built rugged tablet are paving the way for crash site technicians to work faster, effectively, and more safely. Emergency managers who add rugged tablets paired with drones to their toolkit for crash scene management find their jobs are made easier and more lives are saved as a result.