Frequentis develops drone location/video link to emergency services control rooms

Frequentis has developed an application which allows location data and video from drones to feed directly into workstations in the control centre of public safety organisations, through its LifeX and ASGARD solutions.

Firefighters, police, emergency medical services, search and rescue crews, and lifeguards, responding to a wide range of emergencies every day, are all too often hindered by a lack of critical information, says the company. Video and sensor data provided by drones could vastly support those forces in their missions.

Frequentis has developed a solution which will allow drones to be used in emergency situations by directly integrating their critical surveillance information into the control centre’s communication systems. The system design is fully scalable and will support autonomous Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations in the future, if permitted by local legal legislation. This will allow emergency services to use drones to quickly gain a real-time aerial view of a situation as it unfolds.

The application forwards the live video data to the control centre. The data feed can be processed and displayed by both the Frequentis multimedia collaboration platform LifeX, as used in large national public safety organisations, or its communication system ASGARD, which is already used in 35 security centres for industry and fire departments in Germany. Resolution and quality can be configured by a mobile app to use the maximum available bandwidth of encrypted LTE connectivity. “With the help of this technology the control centre can quickly and directly gain an information advantage, improving situational awareness, allowing simplification and acceleration of emergency services work processes.” Says Jan Ziegler – Head of New Business Development UAVs.

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