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Police uses AI drones for missing people searches

Police Scotland has revealed an aerial drone system to help search for missing and vulnerable people.

The remotely-piloted aircraft system (RPAS) can help figure out where people are - from a "speck" up to 150 metres away - through advanced cameras and neural computer netwrorks.

Inspector Nicholas Whyte - from Police Scotland's air support unit - said:"The drone itself has very special sensors on it.

"There's a very highly-powered optical camera which can allow us to see things quite clearly from a good height. Also, there's a thermal imaging sensor which detects heat.

"We're there to find people. People who need our help or people who are lost."

Meanwhile, the recognition softwarec can be run on a phone, and the technoloy will learn as it goes along.

The project is a collaboration between Police Scotland, tech multinational Thales and the University of the West of Scotland (UWS).

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