Drones to be used for Mountain Rescue Missions in Ireland
By MATT BURGESS
First responders to emergency incidents in the EU are being trained to use drones to help their work.
The world’s largest commercial drone manufacturer, DJI, has partnered with the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) to help respond to incidents.
As part of the partnership the EENA – which is responsible for the emergency 112 emergency number – will learn to fly DJI’s Phantom, and Inspire drones. To help those responding to emergencies they will also be trained to use thermal imaging technology on the drones.
The first two tests will involve the Greater Copenhagen Fire Department in Denmark and the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team in Ireland. In Denmark experiments with the drones will take place to find applications for firefighting, car accidents and assessing chemical accidents.
“The team in Ireland is already using advanced software applications through DJI’s SDK to coordinate search & rescue missions in remote areas, and the focus will be to improve real-time networking techniques and crowd-sourcing capabilities,” DJI explained in a statement.
The EENA said it was taking part in the trials to better understand how it use data-analysis in humanitarian situations. Once the organisation has completed its tests it says it will share findings with other emergency agencies across the EU.
As drone technology becomes more reliable – with longer lasting batteries, more autonomy and the capacity to carrier heavier payloads – emergency services are looking at how they can use them. But they’re also looking at ways to stop them. The National Police force in the Netherlands has trained eagles to take down drones on sight, in an attempt to develop ways to tackle drones that may be used to attack public targets.
London’s Metropolitan Police is also investigating the possibility of introducing drone-hunting eagles in London. Guidance has also been provided to UK police forces about how they should handle suspicious drones.
Drone startup Tactical Robotics has developed a ‘drone ambulance’ that could one day rescue soldiers from the battlefield without risking further lives. The giant drone, which is still in development, can take off and land vertically and has room for two passengers.
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