I had always envisioned that drone technology could be used in first-responder situations, but for that to really happen, the technology
had to mature a little more. In late 2014, at the brink of the release of
the Phantom 3, I realized that now the time was right to put the ball
in motion and start learning about the needs of first responders. My
plan was to get a real understanding of how a firefighting or search-and-rescue team would utilize a drone and what their challenges
were. Through that process, I planned to collect valuable feedback
and, internally at DJI, discuss and create solutions to some of the
problems we might come across. I quickly realized that our software
development kit (SDK) would be a key element in providing a solution
to a specific issue.
;e DJI Phantom 4 is being flown on a pretest mission at Bocca Brenta, Dolomiti di Brenta.
DRONES THAT MAY SOON SAVE LIVES
TEXT & PHOTOS BY ROMEO DURSCHER