In the past year I’ve heard of two situations where the improper use of a satellite emergency notification device (SEND) such as an DeLorme InReach or SPOT Messenger have caused SAR to be called out to search. In both cases I suspect user…
Some musings on use cases for UAVs in Search and Rescue, the result of a few years thinking about the topic.
How far did I go? How GPS measurement distorts perception of distance in the backcountry
Some proposed uses for UAVs in SAR based on a year of consulting experts, feel free to contribute to this conversation.
Following up on a series of posts on how to measure the error in a GPS, I’ve written a simple too that will let you calculate the precision of any GPS unit.
Clarifications and reiterating smart phone GPS capabilities, PLBs, and how to automate the process of determining someone’s location.
There’s an article over on the UnofficialNetworks blog about a new piece of “avalanche safety gear” made by a company called Snow-Beacon. The article, which I encourage you to read for yourself, describes the “SnowBe” as the “THE MOST DANGEROUS…
Satellite Phones may not have 911 capability; users should know what number to call for rescue
Google Map Maker is opened to Canada, and Google becomes a crowdsourced map.
When you’e using OpenStreetMap, you’re using Crowdsourced data; in my experience, very accurate for urban searches.