Team Rubicon Partners with DroneDeploy.org to Provide Disaster Relief

At DroneDeploy Conference 2019, Rich Adams, veteran & Team Rubicon volunteer, discusses the impact of aerial imagery in the wake of disasters.

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Since its inception in 2016, Team Rubicon Australia has been deploying its highly skilled teams to aid in disaster relief operations around the world. Comprised of military veterans, emergency response professionals, and passionate civilians, these teams provide their members with a sense of purpose and community while assisting those in need. After realizing the need for aviation intelligence in their operations, Team Rubicon partnered with DroneDeploy.org to map the areas most affected by natural disasters. 

Team Rubicon’s Aviation and Intelligence Program Manager and 2019 DroneDeploy Conference Keynote Speaker, Rich Adams, expressed the need for software that would be used to find new opportunities, not just solve problems. Being able to provide quick, accurate data to the appropriate authorities while minimizing costs and effort was imperative to Team Rubicon’s operations. During the immediate aftermath of Indonesia’s catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in 2018, Team Rubicon was able to fly 42 missions, capturing 6,000 images over 104 acres of land. This data was then used to identify structures and jump-start search and rescue teams’ operations within 24-48 hours.

Most recently, Team Rubicon has been providing relief to those affected by Australia’s massive bushfires. With emergency response professionals deployed on the ground, Team Rubicon’s aviation intelligence teams are using DroneDeploy to survey damage and plan clean-up efforts. Their efforts have also been instrumental in assessing critical infrastructure and evacuating at-risk residents. 


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