DRONELIFE got a first look at Pix4DReact at their user conference last month. The software is designed to provide 2D mapping intelligence in the field – processing immediately, so that law enforcement, fire officials, or disaster recovery personnel can use the data to inform real-time critical decisions.
The Airborne International Response Team (AIRT) is a non-profit organization working with recovery teams and emergency management officials to provide aerial intelligence in disaster situations. In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, the AIRT team put Pix4DReact to the test.
The following taken from an AIRT and Pix4D press release.
Pix4Dreact has been field tested and validated by emergency teams operating drones for disaster response. The Miami-based Airborne International Response Team (AIRT) recently used Pix4Dreact for aerial mapping with drones in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas to help assess the devastation from major Category 5 Hurricane Dorian.
“We needed a solution that would allow us to rapidly process imagery on-scene under severe conditions with no available power source or mobile Internet connection,” says Christopher Todd who serves as the executive director of AIRT as well as a command staff member of the South Florida Region 7 All-Hazards Incident Management Team (FL-7 AHIMT). “Pix4Dreact worked perfectly. This software will help transform the workflow for disaster response teams around the world who are operating drones during emergencies.”
Unlike traditional mapping programs which typically require Internet access and can take several hours to render a map, Pix4D can rapidly and accurately process drone imagery directly on-scene without mobile connectivity. Todd believes this will be a game changer for first responders and emergency services professionals who are operating drones.
“With the old workflow we needed to take the data off the drone, transport it back to a command post or emergency operations center, process the data – which might take several hours, and then push the end product back out to the field for use by response teams,” says Todd. “Pix4Dreact allows responders to quickly process the data while still on-scene so it can be used much more quickly to help assess damage, protect property, and save lives.”
With a workflow that is intuitive and simple to use, Pix4Dreact’s fast-stitching technology creates accurate 2D orthomosaic maps by combining a large number of aerial nadir images from UAS. Users can quickly measure, analyze, and mark these files, which are light enough to be easily sent via email as needed.
“We are excited that Pix4Dreact is now available for use by public safety and emergency services professionals around the world,” said Lorenzo Martelletti, Sales & Marketing Director, Pix4D. “We will continue to work with first responders and disaster professionals to help make the product even stronger.”
A webinar highlighting Pix4Dreact and AIRT’s use of the software in their response to the Bahamas is scheduled for early December. Pre-registration for the webinar is now open at https://forms.gle/R9FK39nXcRKoe7jd8.
For more information, to purchase or get a trial of Pix4Dreact, please visit: www.pix4d.com/react.
AIRT® (Airborne International Response Team) is a Florida-registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides innovative aviation and aerospace resources to help prepare for, respond to, and recover from complex emergencies and major disasters. AIRT is building the World’s Largest Air Force® for #aviationforgood. Our global remote pilot network is ready to #getup whenever disaster strikes. For more information, visit: http://airt.ngo
Pix4D is a dynamic and rapidly expanding software company with headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, and local offices in San Francisco, Denver, Shanghai, Berlin,Madridand Tokyo. The company develops a line of end-to-end mapping solutions which convert images into georeferenced maps, models and tangible information. Using advanced algorithms based on computer vision, photogrammetry and machine learning, Pix4D offers survey-grade accuracy, as well as a unique bundle of mobile drone flight execution, desktop and cloud processing.For more information visit: pix4d.com