Thermal imaging to save drownings

Published: Thursday, 07 February 2019

SO MANY people have fallen into Bristol Harbour that thermal imaging has been installed.

It's success was soon proven, as the following day someone fell in and the system alerted the emergency services but passers by had rescued the person, Alan Tilbury reports.

Local night clubs

The project was trialled by the West of England Combined Authority using 5G technology to pinpoint incidents around Prince’s Street Bridge, known for people leaving local clubs and pubs, falling into the harbour.

Thermal cameras were set up at 'trigger' points, that acted as barrier lines on the harbour wall, and alerted Bristol City Council’s main operations centre when someone fell in.

Accurate location

This means the emergency services were provided with accurate location when someone fell into the harbour.