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Measuring GPS Precision

Garmin GPSMap 62st

Two years ago I wrote a post on how to measure your own GPS accuracy, and followed that up with a post on measuring the accuracy of a smartphone GPS. This was in a series of posts on GPS units

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SAR in BC for UAV operators

Hexacopter

In my ongoing series about the operational use of UAVs for Search and Rescue, today I’d like to post about how a UAV operator can understand how Search and Rescue in British Columbia works, and where UAV operations fit in.

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: the basics

QuadCopter UAV

As I wrote last week, I spent a lot of time this past year investigating the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Search and Rescue. In 2012 I spoke with major manufacturers prior to attending SARScene 2012. When I got

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Current Crowdsourced SAR effort on the North Shore

HETS boot

North Shore Rescue is undertaking a laudable attempt to reproduce the crowdsourced SAR technique used in a major search in 2010 for the current search for missing British tourist Tom Billings. I documented the groundbreaking efforts of a friend of

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Silver Alert

Forest Trail

This is part four of my week-long series of posts on issues relating to dementia and SAR. In Part 1 I outline the basic issues pertaining to urban search and make the case for a specialized resource. In Part 2

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Tracking people with dementia when they wander

Project Lifesaver Tracking Equipment

This is part three of my week-long series of posts on issues relating to dementia and SAR. In Part 1 I outline the basic issues pertaining to urban search and make the case for a specialized resource. In Part 2

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Unmanned Systems Canada

QuadCopter UAV

Readers of the blog have probably noticed I’ve been trying to find a way to use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for SAR operations for about a year now. When I heard that Unmanned Systems Canada, the industry group who is

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SARScene 2013

Mountain Rappelling

SARScene 2013 is at the Pacific Region Training Centre in Chilliwack BC this year. I’ll be attending, presenting, facilitating, exhibiting and cheering in equal measure. Exhibiting I’m an exhibitor at the SARScene Trade Show and media day! My real job is

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Quadrennial SAR Review feedback

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Last month was the Quadrennial SAR Review, an initiative launched by the federal government as a result of a recent tragedy in Newfoundland where a young buy perished during a SAR incident. The forum ended up being closed to the

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YourLo.ca/tion used in recent rescue

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The cat is out of the bag. The prototype location service I developed in March, YourLo.ca/tion was used on a recent rescue on Coquitlam, and the media have been reporting on the story. I had originally intended on testing the prototype

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