15
May

The 2017 Search and Rescue Conference will be held at The Star Hotel Gold Coast next week on the 24th May. The conference follows the Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference, running consecutively at the same venue.

Mr Simon Olsen, Director Business Development, Strategy and Partnerships at Sentient joins us to discuss ‘World’s first Optical Radar to solve the challenge of maritime SAR’.

For decades, the challenge of SAR has been largely beyond the realm of technical progress. Beacons and other forms of locator transmitters have certainly made a significant difference in narrowing down the search area for those lost at sea that have them. However, even in this instance we are still searching over many nautical miles of water using the human eye – in a situation where minutes can save lives.

Melbourne based Sentient has developed ViDAR visual detection and ranging. Not requiring any form of electronic beacon or signal, ViDAR operates akin to an autonomous optical radar. Selected by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to be a part of the solution for SAR in Australia on board the new Challenger 604, this presentation will seek to provide an overview of how the technology will be deployed with AMSA along with an extensive review of recent demonstrations to the USCG.

ViDAR, visual detection and ranging, is an Australian technology that provides the world’s first autonomous technical solution to maritime SAR. Able to cover over 100 times ocean search as compared to other optical sensors, ViDAR is the first technology to not require any form of electronic beacon or signal. Selected by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to be part of the solution for SAR in Australia on board the new Challenger 604, this presentation will seek to provide an overview of how the technology will be deployed with AMSA along with an extensive review of recent demonstrations to the USCG.

For more information on the 2017 Search and Rescue Conference and to secure your spot next week, visit www.sar.anzdmc.com.au.



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