Outdoor navigation app maker ViewRanger and software startup DroneSAR have teamed up to allow search and rescue teams to deploy drones as their first response to call-outs. The new partnership will integrate DroneSAR's flight-planning technology with ViewRanger's Buddy Beacon, a live tracking system widely used by search and rescue coordinators to track the position of team members. The live-link will enable the search pattern of each drone to be tracked by the ViewRanger app, allowing team leaders to remotely monitor search progress.
Oisin McGrath, DroneSAR CEO, said: ‘Rescue teams using the ViewRanger app will be able to monitor their drones as they would another team member. Drones can now be viewed as airborne team members who cover large amounts of ground quickly and easily, reducing search time and risk to personnel. We are extremely excited about the endless possibilities that this partnership will bring to the world of search and rescue.'