The usage of RPAS (also known as Drones/UAVs) by the emergency services is increasing everyday but until now most drones has been develop either to the military or to hobbyists and professionals such as photographers, surveyors and safety inspectors. But the worlds largest drone manufactor DJI have together with EENA (European Emergency Number Agency), initiated an pilot program specifically for european emergency fire & rescue services in order to learn and adapt their drones to support the specific and demanding task during an search and rescue mission or in a structural fire.
Together, we’re creating a one-year joint DJI-EENA program to provide carefully selected teams of pilots in Europe with the latest aerial-technology equipment, including DJI’s ready-to-fly Phantom and Inspire aircraft, the customizable M100 platform and best-in-class Zenmuse XT thermal-imaging system.
Over the next year, the world’s leading aerial-platform maker and EENA expect to gain deeper understanding of how aerial technology best adds value to emergency-service providers in different scenarios, environments and conditions.
The joint DJI-EENA program will provide carefully selected teams of pilots in Europe with the latest aerial-technology equipment, including DJI’s ready-to-fly Phantom and Inspire drones, its M100 platform and best-in-class Zenmuse XT thermal-imaging system.
Throughout the program, selected teams will receive intensive hands-on training, support and guidance on application-development using DJI’s software development kit. At the program’s end, EENA and DJI will share insights and best practices with the broader international emergency-response community to promote the safe integration of drones in emergency situations.
The partners have selected the Greater Copenhagen Fire Department in Denmark and the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team in Ireland as the first two test sites and Iceland Search & Rescue together with Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service.
In Denmark, the focus will be on drone applications for firefighting, chemical accidents and larger car accidents in urban and over-water environments together with Incendium’s streaming platform for DJI’s drones – the Incendium Stream Pack. 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.
The first gathering of the selected firefighting partners was held in Denmark in this past week from the 16-18th of May 2016. The Fire and Rescue services was through an intense pilot training and exchanged informations and best practice and Incendium was along all they way.
European Emergency Number Association (EENA) is a Brussels-based NGO set up in 1999 dedicated to promoting high-quality emergency services reached by the number 112 throughout the EU. EENA serves as a discussion platform for emergency services, public authorities, decision makers, researchers, associations and solution providers with a view to improving the emergency response in accordance with citizens’ requirements. EENA is also promoting the establishment of an efficient system for alerting citizens about imminent or developing emergencies.
The EENA memberships include more than 1200 emergency services representatives from over 80 countries world-wide, 75 solution providers, 15 international associations/organisations, more than 200 Members of the European Parliament and more than 90 researchers.
For more information, visit EENA online: www.eena.org
DJI is a global leader in developing and manufacturing innovative drone and camera technology for commercial and recreational use. DJI was founded and is run by people with a passion for remote-controlled helicopters and experts in flight-control technology and camera stabilization. The company is dedicated to making aerial photography and filmmaking equipment and platforms more reliable and easier to use for creators and innovators around the world. DJI’s global operations currently span North America, Europe and Asia, and its revolutionary products and solutions have been chosen by customers in over 100 countries; for applications in film, advertising, construction, fire fighting, farming, and many other industries.
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Incendium is a Danish privately owned company founded in 2008. Incendium has from its beginning, worked with video and audio as a documentation form.
We work with streaming solutions and has added software combined with hardware to our product portfolio. We are specialized in documentation solutions that provide greater understanding of the operational layers in an organization, from the despatch to, and during an incident.
The ability to turn an idea into a complete functional tactical product entirely in house is a unique service that enables Incendium to combine our internal resources with direct feedback from established Military, Law enforcement, Fire Brigades, Hazmat or EMS clients to provide products and services specifically designed for there purpose.
Incendium means: a fire, inferno, conflagration; heat; torch in Latin