‘Best Practice’ Standards Being Established for Drone Use in Emergency Situations

Published by , April 24, 2016 9:00 pm

(Engadget) Organizations around the world are working out the best way to deploy drones in high-impact situations. The UAE’s “Drones for Good Competition” awarded $1 million to the makers of a rescue UAV that can search buildings. Now, drone maker DJI wants to help set the rules for how and when drones should be deployed in emergency situations. The company has teamed up with European Emergency Number Association (EENA) to create a set of best practices for drone-using response teams all over the globe.
As part of its new alliance, DJI says it will supply “carefully selected” teams of European pilots with its Phantom and Inspire drones, its Matrice 100 developer quadcopter and the Zenmuse XT thermal-imaging system. After it’s delivered specialized training, the EENA and DJI will monitor how drones are used in specific environments and then share those “insights and best practices with the broader international emergency-response community” to ensure first responders act quickly and efficiently in risky situations. The group also established the 112 emergency telephone number that can be called free of charge in many European countries to reach police, ambulance and fire services.

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