Rugged 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.