Category Archives: First Responders

UAS Learn to Navigate Forest Trails in Switzerland

In Switzerland emergency centres respond to about 1,000 to calls about hikers lost or injured in the forests annually, according to the University of Zurich. But research the university has completed, in collaboration with Università della Svizzera italiana and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, may help speed up the search and rescue process.

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Austin Fire Department Robotics Emergency Deployment Team

The Austin Fire Department is embarking on a pilot project together with leaders in research and industry to explore the feasibility of the use of robotics in real-time emergency incident management. The goal is ultimately to enhance firefighter safety and the effectiveness of the emergency response capabilities it provides to its citizens. Continue reading

Russian Emergencies Minister Opens Unmanned Aviation Centre

PuchkovRussia’s emergencies ministry on Sunday opened an unmanned aviation centre at the ministry’s Moscow region department. The ceremony was attended by Minister Vladimir Puchkov.

“The unmanned aviation center will help improve the quality of monitoring and raise the level of crisis response,” he said. The minister said drones would be used for aerial surveying to establish precise coordinated of emergency situation, damaned facilities, epicenters of wildfires and man-caused fires. Apart from that, in his words, drones would be used to monitor the flood situation and ice cloggings. Continue reading

Schiebel’s Camcopter Helps Rescue 8,800 Refugees in Mediterranean

CAMCOPTER_S-100_188In five months of operation, the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) saved over 8.800 lives in the Mediterranean. By spotting and monitoring distressed vessels, Schiebel’s Unmanned Air System CAMCOPTER S-100 assisted in the rescue and contributed significantly to the success of the mission.

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Olaeris $5.7M Emergency Response Deal with Macon, Georgia


Olaeris, a manufacturer of next-generation, civilian Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), announced that Macon-Bibb, Georgia, will become the first in the United States to install a county-wide network of their AEVA unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to perform routine, robotic 911 emergency response. AEVA stands for Aerial-Electric-Virtual-Assistant.  Continue reading