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March 15, 2019

New camera tech helps Alaska rescues

ANCHORAGE (AP) — New technology is reducing Alaska search and rescue operations from days to minutes.

The Alaska Department of Public Safety's aerial search teams are using a new $600,000 camera-and-mapping system with an infrared camera that picks up heat signatures from people in distress, the Anchorage Daily News reported Wednesday.

Both Alaska State Police A-STAR helicopters were upgraded to the new technology in mid-January.

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