Loc8 (pronounced “Locate”). My name is Tony Lockly, I’m the co-founder and CEO of Loc8, a suite of patent-pending software applications developed to quickly and effectively scan thousands of digital images (still and video) collected by drones, manned aircraft, satellites, closed-circuit television cameras, etc. to search for missing persons or objects.
We are proud to partner with the National Public Safety Drone Donation Program in support of their mission to help save lives.
Dozens of fire departments, search and rescue teams, local police, border security, and more apply to NPS-DDP in the hopes of receiving drone technology that they cannot otherwise acquire on their own to help their communities.
NPS-DDP accepts donations from private citizens, drone manufacturers, or corporate donors like SkyBrowse, Autel Robotics and Fox Fury lighting solutions. This program then matches applicants with donors to provide hardware and or software and even grant writing resources to as many departments in need as possible. There are no strings attached to this donation program, we only require the following: #1 Each department must have a licensed FAA 107 pilot available.
#2 Each department will be required to sign a liability waiver #3 We would ask all departments to help us get as much media coverage of this donation as a platform to help educate others about the great work this program is providing. Please note top priority for donations goes to departments that do not already have an existing drone program in place, Any department may apply.
As sUAS programs expand around the globe, the volume of aerial imagery data collected grows exponentially. Unfortunately, there are few tools designed to analyze these terabytes of data captured by the growing squadron of drones. Loc8 was designed to address the expanding need for image analysis.
Loc8 is a patent-pending image scanning technology that analyzes the individual pixels in any JPEG formatted digital image by searching for color(s) that match a user-defined color palette. Once the defined pixel color(s) are detected in the scanned images, Loc8 reports the latitude, longitude, and altitude of the detected item’s location (s). Additionally, Loc8 can provide a scale to the digital image to calculate the detected item’s approximate size.
With an off-the-shelf laptop running an Intel Core I7 processor, Loc8 can analyze 1,000, 20-megapixel images in approximately 4-minutes. By contrast, scanning those images with the naked eye (“squinting”) would take approximately 33- hours for a skilled “squint”. When time is of the essence and life and safety are at stake, Loc8 can be a powerful “resource-multiplier” in any SAR mission or tactical operation.
The mission of NPS-DDP was founded by Airborne Works with a focus to recruit others to help support our national public safety departments nationwide with UAV/UAS technology through voluntary donations, be it hardware, financial and/or media support from the private, corporate and community sectors.
Together we can help support those who give so much. The goal is to help put “eyes in the sky for every department need” ™.