How CRASAR uses Parrot drones in disaster response missions

The Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) was established in September 2001, and for two decades, the organization has helped emergency management agencies around the world respond to disasters with aerial, terrestrial, and marine robots. 

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, CRASAR first deployed unmanned aerial systems (UASs) to give search-and-rescue teams powerful new solutions for their relief efforts. Since then, drones have become far more technically advanced, affordable, easier to use, and accessible to agencies across the globe.

“It has enabled groups and agencies in rural parts of the country,” explains Dr. Robin Murphy, vice president of CRASAR and a pioneer in the field of rescue robotics. “Many agencies don’t have immediate or affordable access to a helicopter… Now, [drones are] becoming so much more capable than manned systems.”

The Parrot ANAFI Thermal was created with these demanding requirements in mind, as its development was informed by extensive feedback from public safety professionals. ANAFI Thermal’s technology, design, and practicality were engineered to serve the people that rely on it during challenging missions.

Parrot had the privilege of interviewing CRASAR Vice President Dr. Robin Murphy, CRASAR Executive Secretary David Merrick, and CRASAR President Justin Adams about the evolution of drones over the past two decades — and how modern drones such as the Parrot ANAFI Thermal are being used by firefighters, police officers, search-and-response teams, and other public safety professionals.

Read the full interview with CRASAR’s pioneers and watch our exclusive video to learn about:

●        The evolutionary milestones that have increased drone usage in the public safety sector

●        The types of drones used in various challenging scenarios

●        How drones are helping to keep public safety teams out of harm’s way

●        Why ANAFI Thermal is a unique solution for public safety professionals

●        How CRASAR prepares for unpredictable missions and scenarios

Full interview with CRASAR: https://blog.parrot.com/2020/02/27/parrot-crasar-usecase/