Mobile phone-detecting drones pioneered as disaster relief aids

US drone maker teams with European disaster relief firm to help make it easier to find victims in times of need

US drone maker Sentinel Air is planning to co-develop an airborne wireless sensor that can detect mobile phone signals belonging to disaster victims.

The company has teamed up with European disaster relief firm Disaster Tech Lab to develop and test the sensor, which will be mounted on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made by Sentinel Air.

This drone will be able to scan large areas where a disaster may have taken place and use geolocation technologies to pinpoint those who may have been trapped by floods, earthquakes and other forms of disaster that make it difficult for rescue workers to search on foot.

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