In previous deployments, such as flying over the flooded Limpopo valley in Mozambique, incident location information could only be collected on flight recce sorties with paper and pencil. This involved the pilot or observer reading locations from a GPS or referring to passengers with local knowledge and ‘Chinagraph marking’ air maps with Geo information. This was then manually transcribed to note books and paper maps on the ground for the use by the emergency planning authorities and other aid and rescue pilots. It was considered that an electronic version of this process may save time in data collection, data dissemination and ease of interpretation.
Helyx provided its services for free to the ‘Wings Like Eagles’ charity and a number of data collection devices, software products, data collection schemas and hardware components were tested and discussed in order to provide an optimal solution. A data schema was developed and refined based on previous deployment requirements, and simplicity for data collection. Research was also undertaken into offline data collection applications with customisable data schemas.
Further information can be found in our brochure which is downloadable here.