Drones and Picture Evaluation Assist Find Gravesites – Drones Information
Loc8 is pleased to announce that it will partner with Texas State University and the University of Missouri to receive a $ 280,000 grant to use drones to locate human remains and discover secret tombs. This grant, awarded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), continues the groundbreaking research conducted in 2015 by Gene Robinson, President of GRC Consulting, and the Texas State Anthropology Department.
Dr. Daniel Wescott of the Forensic Anthropology Center in the US state of Texas explains that this two-year project has the task of documenting how drone technology and its payloads (various multispectral cameras) can be used and how they differ from conventional ground-based studies. Loc8 is working with the project to introduce its patent-pending image analysis algorithms in the field of air forensics.
The NIJ project pilot, Gene Robinson, said: “Loc8’s ability to scan the individual pixel level in each image will change the way remote sensing in search and rescue (SAR) missions and crime scene investigations is used. The Loc8 software has only been available since 2019 and we have already achieved success in this area. We are just scratching the surface of the different ways in which Loc8’s image analysis algorithms can be used. “The NIJ project aims to process a wide range of remote sensors, from standard RGB to near infrared (NIR) to thermal (FLIR) and multispectral images, to detect subtle changes in the environment that result from human remains on or under from the point of view of a
The NIJ Grant data collection flights began in late January 2020. Over the next two years, flights will continue almost daily or weekly, depending on the stage of the study.
Research is being conducted in the Texas State University’s 26-acre forensic open-air laboratory.
As part of the NIJ project, eight to ten volunteer body donation volunteers (corpses) are examined under different scenarios to mimic the soil conditions of undiscovered secret locations. The University of Missouri is responsible for image / data analysis and acts as a repository for all of the data collected.
Robinson added, “The State of Texas Forensic Anthropology Research Facility reproduces the conditions and environments of some of the difficult cases that we have encountered in the past 15 years. We can really use current technology in a scientific way, which will be of great benefit to law enforcement as well as the search and rescue community. “
Research has already begun at the Texas Hill Country facility and will simulate different environments and seasonal effects on the forensic investigation process. The project will identify best practices for using drones, identify the most effective sensors, and explore the benefits of using image analysis software such as Loc8 to improve the effectiveness and thoroughness of the search, rescue, or recovery investigation process.
As part of the NIJ project, Gene Robinson will catalog changes in the color palettes of the subject’s skin, soft tissue, and skeletal remains during the natural decomposition process.
These color palettes are then made available as sample records to Loc8 subscribers that they can use during their search and rescue / recovery missions. The Human Remains color palette dataset is one of many datasets that Loc8 develops to support subscribers.
Loc8 (www.loc8.life) is a patent-pending image scanning technology that analyzes the individual pixels in a digital image (still image or video) by searching for colors that match a custom color palette. Once the defined pixel colors have been recognized in the scanned images,
Loc8 indicates the latitude, longitude and altitude of the geographic location of the
recognized objects. Loc8 was originally developed to scan digital images (still images or videos) quickly and thoroughly during search and rescue / recovery (SAR) missions. However, since its release, the Loc8 algorithm has been tested as a tool for crime scene investigation, accident reconstruction, debris mapping, precise agriculture management, wildlife population management, and supply infrastructure inspections, to name just a few of the many possible applications to call.