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Police to Use Facial Recognition Drones to Help Find the Missing

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The remotely-piloted aircraft system can see things we can't, to try to work out where people are.

Police Scotland has unveiled a new aerial drone system to help in searches for missing and vulnerable people.

Credit: BBC

Police Scotland has launched a new aerial drone system to help search for missing people.

The remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) employs advanced cameras and neural networks to identify individuals it is seeking, from up to 150 meters (492 feet) away.

RPAS incorporates facial recognition software that learns as it goes and is able to differentiate between persons, animals, or vehicles, from a handful of pixels in a moving color image.

Two policemen are required to operate the drone; one to fly it, the other to operate the facial recognition software.

Police Scotland developed the system with colleagues from the multinational Thales Group and the University of the West of Scotland.

From BBC News (U.K.)
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