Scottish Police is Using AI Drones to Find the Missing

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Scottish Police is Using AI Drones to Find the Missing
27 Jan 2020
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Police in Scotland recently revealed an artificial intelligence-powered drone that will help in the searching campaigns for missing people.

The remotely-piloted aircraft system uses advanced cameras and neural computer networks to spot someone it is looking for - from "a speck" up to 150 meters away.

Its recognition software is compact enough to be run on a phone, with the technology learning as it goes, the BBC reported.

The first of its kind technology uses machine learning and visual data to provide real-time analysis for identifying humans in remote or heavily forested areas. The system was developed in collaboration with the technology multinational Thales and the University of the West of Scotland (UWS).

"The drone itself has very special sensors on it," said Insp Nicholas Whyte, of Police Scotland's air support unit to BBC.

"There's a very highly-powered optical camera which can allow us to see things quite clearly from a good height. Also, there's a thermal imaging sensor which detects heat.

"We're there to find people. People who need our help or people who are lost."

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Police to use AI recognition drones to help find the missing

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