Rugged 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.