Respon Drone: Three Year Response Project

Global Aviator|July 2020

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Respon Drone: Three Year Response Project
When disasters happen, it is the first responders who may mean the difference between life and death for many people yet just being able to reach a scene or provide essential support can be very difficult.

It is for this reason that the EU has funded a three-year project to develop a situational awareness system for first responders, for use in emergencies like earthquakes, fires, and floods. As part of this Alpha Unmanned Systems' helicopter UAVs will be responsible for all the airborne missions including gathering video and mapping data, provision of first aid kits in hard to reach places and provide airborne communications for first responders in areas where the infrastructure is severely impacted.

One related challenge relies on the measurement of absolute body temperatures, as this requires special calibration procedures to provide a reference temperature to the computing algorithm or radiometric IR cameras which are heavier, bigger, and more voluminous.

These examples graphically highlight the potential benefit to be gained by the use of the core technology in the ResponDrone platform, as well as the wider relevance of the project to contending with natural disasters, such as the COVID-19 virus that is currently the leading global challenge.

Advantages:

• Multi-UAV operations by reduced piloting crew

• Simultaneous data distribution to all stakeholders involved via web-based cloud technology

• Dynamically calculated flight trajectories for each drone to ensure safe UAV operations.

ResponDrone members from across Europe have highlighted just how drones are now being adopted by EU states to spearhead the fight against this invisible enemy:

• Italy – Local police in Italy have been authorized by the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) to use drones to monitor the movements of citizens during the Coronavirus pandemic. ENAC says they can be used in urban areas or where there are small populations exposed to the risk of impact.

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July 2020