temperatures only. Of course, there are other objects out
in nature that have that same temperature reading, such as
rocks in sunlight or perhaps even animals, possibly providing
you with false positives. Here is where the experience of
the operator kicks in; analyzing the data and using additional
features of the camera, such as the digital zoom, or maneu
vering the drone to a different position to get a better and
more detailed view was in order.
The results from our loweraltitude and forest
environment tests were similar to the results from the
glacier. The key elements were the quality and knowledge
of the searchandrescue team and the communications.
The thermal camera, however, did provide a big benefit and
helped locate the missing individual faster.
The research team adopted methods from the biostatis
tical regulatory field in an effort to create standards that
can draw from a mature, rigorous, and validated field
of methods, shared with the searchandrescue and
scientific communities so that future studies can contribute
comparable evidence to advance our common understanding
and prepare the SAR and drone fields for the rigors of
regulatory research that will be required of medical devices.
The key lessons learned were that rigorous tests
the improvement in technology and software has made drones
a beneficial tool for mountaineers. it has moved from a flying
device to a data-collection device that can provide information
for live decision-making opportunities.