A UK-based charity has taken its social support efforts to new heights with the help of UAV technologies.
P3’s Lincolnshire street outreach team is utilising live-streamed video from a drone to assist support workers to find people sleeping rough in remote rural and coastal locations across the region.
Live footage from the drone is assessed by team members so that they can direct their colleagues to the homeless person via the quickest and safest route.
P3 service coordinator, Andy Lee, said: “This technology will revolutionise our ability to direct our support to vulnerable people sleeping rough.
“Often when we receive information from the public letting us know about someone sleeping rough the location is vague, for example ‘in the sand dunes along the north shore’ or ‘down the public footpath and across the field’ and of course sometimes the person has also moved on from this location.
“This technology has the potential to transform our working practice by giving us back the hours we would spend searching for someone to invest in directly improving lives.”
A video from the team can be found below.