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Using Aerial Imagery to Save Lives

Ruth Zipfel  (District Manager, EagleView)

Joe Oddi  (Director of Partner Strategies, EagleView)

Pass Type: All Access

Track: Situational Awareness, 911 and Dispatch

Format: Power Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Public safety teams must respond to situations at all hours and in all conditions. That's why access to high-resolution oblique aerial imagery integrated directly into existing computer-aided dispatch software is critical for emergency response. It allows public safety officials to quickly locate callers, visualize the mission environment, keep first responders safe, and help save lives.

High-resolution oblique aerial imagery is captured with patented camera systems attached to fixed-wing aircraft resulting in more detail than satellite imagery and greater coverage than drone imagery. As opposed to orthogonal (top-down, 90-degree angle) imagery, oblique (bird's eye, 40–50-degree angle) imagery provides multiple views of a location, including the ability to rotate 360 degrees around buildings and structures. The imagery is imbued with data and insights, too, meaning everything visible in the imagery can be analyzed, measured, and used to inform decisions.

Oblique aerial imagery saves critical time during emergencies and helps dispatchers, public safety teams, law enforcement, and emergency response personnel:

• Communicate essential details to responding personnel
• Determine the specific location of a distressed caller
• Conduct site reviews when planning for SWAT raids, serving warrants, and identifying surveillance and staging areas
• Provide more context to a vertical surface view that would otherwise be obscured by an orthogonal view (e.g., location of windows, doors, and fire hydrants)
• Conduct planning for training exercises, emergency management response, and wildfires

Attend this session to see how public safety agencies are using high-resolution oblique aerial imagery to save lives.