BATT and INVOLI have announced a collaboration to optimise helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) operations and improve pilots’ safety. The collaboration combines BATT expertise in system integration and heliport design with INVOLI’s air traffic surveillance system to provide air risk mitigation and operation automation services to HEMS operators around the world, says a joint press release.
INVOLI’s surveillance system is an end-to-end solution encompassing INVOLI G-1090 air traffic receivers (detecting transponder and FLARM signals), INVOLI traffic information server, INVOLI.live situation display and INVOLI stream API. This delivers a ground-based surveillance network that generates the data needed to enable safety-critical services. From situational awareness to air risk mitigation, the solution is also used to automate operational processes.
BATT Suisse’s BATTCon control system is a universal and scalable platform for small aerodromes, heliports, and vertiports, either as local or as cloud-based systems. It provides the control and monitoring of all airport-related functionality (lighting, sewage water, de-icing, alerting, weather, occupation, automated ground-air communication, interface to building management systems and master control systems) to support operational safety, situational awareness, availability and turn-around times.
This combination of skills and technology is designed to enable HEMS operators to improve turnaround time and pilots’ safety to maximize responsiveness through:
- Monitoring of landing site occupation
- Coordination of multi-site operations
- Situational awareness in uncontrolled airspace
- Automated site status information readbacks to pilots
- Conflict detection and resolution
- Site preparation automation such as:
○ Building related systems (Elevators, Alerts, Sewage water treatment).
“Due to the high cost of traditional equipment (Radar and ADS-B), there is a lack of accurate air traffic surveillance data for operations outside controlled areas. Especially now that the volume of HEMS, air ambulance, and Commercial Air Transport (CAT) operations is increasing, we are witnessing the growing safety risks for aircraft pilots and rotors. Thanks to INVOLI, we are now able to leverage surveillance data to address the “Golden Hour of Shock” through process automation and to increase pilots’ safety” said Björn Abel, Chief Executive Officer of BATT Suisse.
“HEMS are an integrated part of the healthcare system. Time is of essence when rescuing injured people from accidents and an appropriate traffic awareness system helps reduce HEMS operational time while increasing its safety. We are glad to collaborate with BATT to address the optimisation of use and availability of air ambulance operations. The deployment of INVOLI’s surveillance solution not only addresses today’s needs but will enable the safe integration of new aerial vehicles such as drones, which are more and more used jointly with helicopters for medical delivery and emergency services” said Olivier Quero, Chief Business Officer of INVOLI.
BATT will be showcasing the solution at the European Rotors 2022 show in Cologne from November 8th to 10th 2022
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