A technical search specialist in a training once remarked that his job was a little like the popular children’s books “Where’s Waldo”; only with life and death consequences. The key, as he stated, is to be able to visually scan a scene with a victim location camera inserted into a void space and identify what seems out of place with the surroundings. This out-of-place visual detail can be key in identifying the presence of a trapped victim.
This is because, in a victim location operation following a building collapse, the technical search specialists rarely have the luxury of discovering a complete human form in the image. Often it is only a small detail or unusual pattern in the visual image that may indicate the presence of a victim. This process can be as difficult as the old saying, “like finding a needle in a haystack”. Collapse rescue–victim location operations can even be described in more challenging language. It can be described as, “like seeing a needle in a haystack” – from 30 feet away! Continue reading “Seeing a needle in a haystack”
Not having real time visual intelligence can mean the difference between success or failure in a mission. Tactical surveillance devices are often employed to gather this information in a covert fashion. These tools are used to increase situational awareness and provide details on conditions and environment to help insure that mission objectives are achieved, while minimizing the risk of collateral damage. Continue reading “New tool for hostage barricade scenarios & breaching support”
As a provider of visual assessment technology, Zistos looks at every application from a cost-benefit standpoint, comparing them in cases where remote visual inspection tools were used, and when they weren’t. The outcomes are completely different.
In the first case, an undiscovered foreign object and resulting contaminant found its way into a large storage vessel used in the manufacture of a food product.
Previously, a visual inspection was done by an inspector who could only peer into the fill opening of the vessel with a flashlight; he wasn’t allowed to enter the confined space for both safety and sanitary considerations. Continue reading “Finding cost-benefits in a confined space”