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Search and Rescue

Thermal imaging technology significantly enhances SAR operations by providing a quick and effective means of locating individuals and animals, especially in challenging conditions where traditional search methods might be less effective.


  • People and animals are located by detecting their body heat. This is especially useful in low-light or obscured environments.
  • Heat signatures left by individuals or animals may be visible, along with residual heat left behind on surfaces.
  • Aerial infrared may detect individuals in wilderness areas, during nighttime searches, or where traditional search methods have been exhausted.
  • Aerial thermal searches may be used to clear large areas quickly, permitting search team resources to be allocated more efficiently.