Accident & Traffic monitoring
Accident and Traffic monitoring are very time consuming and therefore costly operations. According to a 2009 study of the Foundation of Scientific Research for Vehicular Safety in the Netherlands, the costs of traffic jams caused by accidents was 12,5 billion Euros. Therefore, accelerating investigations would not only result in cost savings for law enforcement but also for lower societal costs.
The bottleneck in scene investigation is documentation, which encompasses the recording and measurement of the distance between objects and persons on the scene followed by the videography, photography or sketching of the scene. The challenge in documentation is to photograph all aspects of a scene and measure distances correctly to scale without interfering with the scene.
In recent years, a growing number of police departments have begun to employ unmanned aircraft systems, to accelerate accident and crime scene investigation. The key advantage of these systems is that they decrease required investigation time, which leads to lower personnel costs and fewer negative externalities.