In the French Alps ski resort Val Thorens has announced that it will start using thermal drones to help rescue workers on the alpine ski slopes.
French ski resort turns to thermal drones to aid rescue workers
French ski resort Val Thorens has announced it will start using thermal drones for the first time this season to help patrol its large skiing area.
The thermal drones will be used to warn skiers of impending dangers, as well as to aid rescue workers in the case of an avalanche. As we have seen in many other cases, the thermal camera on a drone can prove to be crucial during a rescue mission.
The drone will help the resort to analyze ski and snow conditions throughout the season. Next to the thermal camera the unmanned aircraft also features a very powerful digital zoom camera.
Finally, this drone is also equipped with a loudspeaker that allows staff to provide safety instructions to skiers remotely.
The unmanned aircraft system (UAS) will be ready at any time to be flown to an area of risk or to an avalanche site. The thermal drone will be able to help locate potential victims trapped underneath the snow while at the same time communicating with the rescue workers on the ground and thus accelerating the rescue procedures, reports the Inquirer.
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Photo: Office du tourisme de Val Thorens/T. Loubere via AFP Relaxnews.