Forensic Science and the drone; what you need to know about certification and registration
By Philippe Lefebvre P.T., B.A.,
Drone emergence and recent developments in technology allow data gathering that previously required larger and more expensive means.
Aerial photography was possible using an airplane or helicopter; however, this approach required planning and was expensive. Now, the aerial image can be taken using a drone and the quality is quite impressive. It is now possible to document elements or components that are sometimes inaccessible. For example, this approach provides an overview of a fire scene in minutes.
Beyond photographs in an investigation context, the acquisition of data from a drone also allows for 3D modeling. Using specialized software, it is possible to obtain information on the dimensions or volumes of elements or structures.