A group of scientists working out of the University of Exeter have developed the UAV Toolkit app, which is designed to make it easier for emergency and first-responders to get all the navigation assistance that they require in the event of some sort of crisis or disaster.
The app makes use of the kind of on-board sensors that are already a common feature on most smartphones. It then goes about generating high-tech spatial data when the smartphone device is attached to an airborne drone, by capturing photos and images depending on the programmed specifications.
This particular app is a fine example of community-based mapping and navigation, something that could be used in first responder and military settings as well to save lives and minimize human tragedy.
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