Drones to Assist In Tracking Down Stray Dogs In Houston
Drones can be employed as the perfect rescue tool simply because they can view and go to places that are difficult to reach or that people can’t get to safely. The infrared camera on drones also gives them the ability to see beyond what the human eye can.
The World Animal Awareness Society, a Houston-based non-profit organization plans to use drones with GoPro camera to track stray dogs, allowing them to use the drone’s functionality as a mapping device combined with its rescue abilities. Maps are basically inaccurate because they are static and cannot be used to track transient populations, and before the arrival of drone technology, mapping, tracking and counting stray dogs would have been completely impossible, especially in a city as large as Houston.
Currently, drones provide a labor-saving alternative for volunteers. The project starts off with volunteers entering information about the stray dogs into a smartphone app taking note of attributes such as the dog’s sex; male or female, a puppy, a lactating female, or an unknown. At the same time, DJI Inspire drones flying above will film dogs, guiding the volunteers to the strays they may have missed and also making a recording of the spots where the dogs are. There are other commercially available drones for beginners that have the functionality to carry out these operations.
However, the project, named Operation Houston: Stray Dog City, apart from filming the stray dog map also filmed the pilot scenes to a new show. The show filmed from the 20th March till the 30th March. The organization in charge of the project, the World Animal Awareness Society is a non-profit organization that has recorded shows for Animal Planet, National Geographic, and a host of other TV stations. They are yet to put out a broadcast information for Operation Houston.
According to Tom McPhee, the executive director of the World Animal Awareness Society, “It’s an amazing tool, the drone lets us draw a huge circle in the air since we’re filming in 4k, and it’s a beautiful footage.”
Using GPS technology in combination with volunteers on the ground, the plan is to find and count the number of strays in the Houston region. There are estimates that figures could be as high as one million.
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