A short video focusing on how a small drone was used to completely map the Paradise fire disaster illustrates the value of the technology.
The video features Greg Crutsinger, a drone professional who focuses on the potential uses for drone in agriculture. He used his equipment to fly hundreds of flights over the entire Paradise region in the aftermath of the devastating Camp Fire there, shooting tens of thousands of photos that were then used to digitally map more than 26 square miles. The data is being used by federal, local and state government agencies as well as by utilities and the insurance industry.
"I was called in to be the drone data coordinator," Crutsinger explains in the video, "playing the role of coordinating the data side of around 15 to 16 public safety teams made up of law enforcement and fire."