FRED project

Drone technology provides an eye in the sky to get a faster overview, increase tactical understanding, and improve information sharing between different parties at emergency sites.

First Responder Emergency Drone

Remote-controlled drones as tools for coordinating emergency efforts

The instant overview is a valuable resource of information when strong coordinating effort at emergency sites is needed.

The efforts at emergency sites are planned instantly under pressure from critical development and demand fast decision-making to avoid serious situations.

As part of the VISE project (Velfærdsinnovation for Sundt Erhvervsfremme), Welfare Tech has initiated the FRED project (First Responder Emergency Drone), where Lorenz Technology is the lead partner in developing drone technology to offer real-time streaming and applications with remote-controlled drones and ground robots to support coordination of efforts, information sharing, and increase safety between personnel on-site and external centers.

The FRED project is in collaboration with Capra Robotics, Danish Energy Agenet, Odense University Hospital, Syddansk Sundhedsinnovation, University of Southern Denmark, Telenor, Welfare Tech, and Aalborg University.

FRED project

Real-time streaming, information sharing, and data management

The First Responder Emergency Drone project is developing drone technology fitted for the authorities, but this application can also benefit other business areas e.g. companies within security, inspection, and safety.

When time is of the essence, drones and ground robots can make the necessary overview of emergency sites for planning the efforts in urgent situations.

This demands the technology to be developed for real-time streaming with 4G and 5G from both platforms as well as possibilities for sharing the stream instantly with relevant parties e.g. the authorities and participating rescuers.

First Responder Emergency Drone

Challenges to solve with this technology

The project’s goal is to develop a commercial welfare drone solution that can support first responder authorities at emergency sites. The First Responder Emergency Drone concept includes:

Scaling of drone technology: Each on-site commander car has a weatherproof drone or/and ground robot available which only needs to get turn on at an emergency site to get a faster overview and spot potential threats. No dedicated operator is needed per site any longer.

Remote-controlled drones by external operators: An external control center will take over control of the drones and cameras as if an operator would have been on site. A group of professional operators can assist at multiple sites in one day around the nation so on-site personnel can focus on its operation and be provided with valuable information from drone operators with tactical understanding.

Share real-time streaming between relevant actors: Send a real-time video stream directly from the drone to personnel heading to the site e.g. fire department, police, or paramedics so they can prepare for the situation and able to familiarize themselves with the on-site commander’s strategy.

Data management in Lorenz Hive: The external control center or on-site personal can invite relevant parties e.g. above parties or emergency dispatch center to a dedicated site in Lorenz Hive where information and documentation are available and documented after end operation.

The project’s goal is also to lead a better understanding of data transmission and positioning with 5G which can open new opportunities, especially within operational safety. This includes:

Improve data transmission: Today, data and video are transmitted through 4G connectivity which can affect latency and data transfer for large data amounts. 5G can clarify possibilities for better stability, larger capacity, and shorter latency.

Improve drone positioning: Drones use GPS for positioning which has un uncertainty in both vertical and horizontal direction. 5G can clarify possibilities for higher accuracy where GPS may be lacking.

The project’s result is offering an innovative drone technology that is possible with the Lorenz AI-Link that enables automation, edge computing, and artificial intelligence for UAVs and UGVs.

By implementing the above project features will result in better service, full documentation, and increase safety provided by Lorenz Hive to authorities.

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For more information:

Cedric Burg

Innovation Manager

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