Traditional approaches to pest animal management are proving to be ineffective. In our quest to provide you with innovative solutions, Bralca presents an exciting technology that's making waves in the field: Field Viewing Tablets (FVT), a.k.a. Remote Viewing Platforms (RVP). Bralca has successfully adapted this technology, originally designed for military applications, to enhance pest animal control operations. This innovative approach aims to revolutionize the way we manage pest animals and improve the overall efficiency and safety of your teams.
Situational Awareness: A game-changer
Situational awareness is key to any successful operation, and FVT technology brings this concept to pest animal control in a powerful way.
Drone operator’s perspective:
- The drone operator takes on a central role in pest animal control. They use drones to locate pest animals, providing invaluable real-time information to the ground control teams.
- This means that control teams know precisely where they need to go and can monitor the movement of pest animals in response to their presence.
- Furthermore, drone operators can simultaneously view both the pest animals and the ground control crews, enabling dynamic adjustments to their approach during the operation
Empowering Ground Control crews:
- Each member of the ground control crew is equipped with a Field Viewing Tablet, which is securely attached to their chest or vehicle.
- This device provides access to live feeds from the drone throughout the operation.
- It allows the ground control crews to see not only themselves but also the positions of other control teams in relation to the pest animals, effectively giving them an 'eye in the sky.'
- Verbal communication between teams continues using traditional VHF or UHF systems, ensuring seamless coordination and real-time strategising.
Enhanced Visibility and Control:
One of the key insights from using this technology is the impact on the behavior of pest animals. Once shooting begins, pest animals typically scatter. However, with the enhanced visibility offered by the drone, ground control crews often discover that the animals haven't ventured far from the initial location. They are usually found hiding nearby.
With this newfound awareness, ground control crews can pursue the animals with constant knowledge of their and other teams' locations, ultimately improving their efficiency in the field. This means that once the first shots are fired, the drone operator can track the movement of the animals and guide ground control crews to their new positions, allowing for a more effective, targeted pursuit.
Extended Operational Time:
In the past, a common limitation was that drone batteries would need replacing just as the pursuit began. However, Bralca's drones have resolved this issue. These drones can now stay in the air for up to 2.5 hours, allowing sufficient time for dedicated control strategies. Moreover, there are ample spare batteries, ensuring that when field crews take a break, the drone operator can quickly replace batteries and have the drone ready to assist in the next phase of the operation.
The integration of Field Viewing Tablets into pest animal control operations has proven to be a game-changer. This innovative technology enhances situational awareness for all team members, significantly increasing safety and effectiveness. By utilizing drones and FVTs, pest control teams can coordinate their efforts more efficiently, reduce the dispersal of pest animals, and ultimately achieve better results in managing the pest animal population. If you're looking to improve your pest animal control operations, don't hesitate to contact Bralca and request a quote for your project. It's time to embrace the future of pest animal control with situational awareness technology.
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By: Fiona Watts
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