Body cameras, live streaming bring search and rescue into the next generation

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New digital tools developed and tested at Simon Fraser University have the potential to revolutionize wilderness search and rescue efforts.

Developed at the SFU School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT), the RescueCASTR system equips rescuers with 360-degree body cameras that send video and photos back live to a central command post.
Visiting scholar and Ph.D. student Brennan Jones, with the University of Calgary, built the system under the supervision of SIAT’s Carman Neustaedter and the University of Toronto’s Anthony Tang.
The system lets the search commander keep track of several teams at once, coordinate …

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