At the beginning of June, the Royal Dutch Rescue Society (KNRM) deployed a drone in Scheveningen to locate drowning victims. The trial is an initiative of the KNRM, KPN and TNO.
KPN provided a 5G connection, which is necessary to transmit high-resolution images and data from the thermal imaging camera on the drone, also to the lifeboat. 5G offers the possibility to give priority to mobile data from rescue services, for example when it becomes busier on the beach.
The images from the drone were collected and analyzed by TNO. The research institute wants to develop software that automatically locates people in need in the large amount of image data and records their location.