Friday, Aug. 10, 2007

Remote controlled robot helicopter to the rescue

A pioneering unmanned aircraft has been unveiled as the latest addition to a UK fire brigade’s resources.

The state-of-the-art unmanned flying craft is the first in the UK.

The new aerial technology has been named the Incident Support Imaging System, or ISIS. ISIS is a miniature remote-controlled helicopter fitted with video and stills cameras, which can hover above fire incidents and provide crews with live images.

It will be used to provide live video footage from above an incident scene, gathering vital information to aid the emergency response.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Vij Randeniya said: “This is fantastic new technology that will provide real benefits when we are tackling a range of emergency situations.

“Being able to look down on the scene will allow us to get a full picture of the incident and the surrounding environment, which will aid incident commanders to make vital, potentially life-saving decisions.”

The four-rotor craft, which weighs just 900g (2lb), can take off and land vertically, and can be fitted with daylight or low-light digital camera.

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