iRed saves lives with new drone search and rescue package

Ray Faulkner of thermal imaging company iRed with one of its drones.

A Hampshire-based thermal imaging company has expanded its business by supporting emergency services across the country with specialist drones.

iRed launched search and rescue packages after a decade of research into aerial thermography and has supplied six police forces already.

The kit enables immediate searches to be made and for large areas to be swept from above for heat signatures.

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With cameras getting smaller and the advances in drone technology, iRed was able to create the system.

The company, based in Emsworth, provides training on how to use the drones and interpret the data supplied by the cameras.

As well as a thermal imaging camera, the package includes an optical camera with enough zoom to read a number plate from a mile away.

A two-day training course is also included and focuses on the equipment, set-up and how to use the drones for search and rescue.

Ray Faulkner, managing director of iRed, said: “This use of thermography is literally a life saver.

“Traditional uses for this technology are based around the property industry, but we are diversifying rapidly.

“We have been at the forefront of connecting thermal cameras and drones and our ‘search and rescue’ package has been incredibly popular.

“Each customer receives a bespoke package depending on their requirements; for example a client might prefer a lighter drones if it will be used in urban areas.”

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