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Project Lifesaver demonstrates new tool for search and rescue in Chesapeake

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Posted at 6:22 AM, Aug 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-05 06:22:08-04

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – Project Lifesaver is showing off a new tool to aid in search and rescue for individuals with cognitive disorders who are prone to wandering.

The PLI Indago is a military grade unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Project Lifesaver and Lockheed Martin. It was specifically designed to carry a hot swappable Project Lifesaver digital antenna along with a radio frequency receiver payload.

The sole purpose of the UAV is use when a person wanders off, the search and rescue time can be cut down and a more accurate sense of location can be obtained.

The Chesapeake Sheriff’s Department partnered with Project Lifesaver for a demonstration of the UAV in Centerville Park Thursday.

Project Lifesaver helps reunite individuals with issues such as Alzheimer’s disease, Autism and Down syndrome who are prone to wandering with their families. The group says the new UAV greatly improves probability of a successful return across large search areas.