In a life or death situation, every second count. The Gothenburg-based company Everdrone has developed a technology that, with the help of drones, can save lives. By sending emergency medical equipment via drones, valuable time is saved.
When an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest occurs, time is of the absolute essence. For every minute from collapse, the chance of survival decreases by 10 %. Everdrone has developed a technology that can speed up the delivery of defibrillators with the help of autonomous drones. The equipment can be sent to the incident site enabling bystanders to initiate life-saving measures before the arrival of professional medical staff.
How it works
Safety is at Everdrone’s core. The company has equipped their drones with seven cameras and smart algorithms that gather five gigabytes of data every minute, generating a three-dimensional image of the drone’s surrounding. This allows the drone to navigate safely in all environments. The data is saved locally onboard the drone but is also streamed to a mission control centre over the mobile network.
By combining GPS technology and advanced camera systems, the drone navigates to the incident site and drops the equipment with the help of a winch to a person on the ground. Everdrone’s own mission control centre handles everything related to airspace regulations and monitors the operation remotely. Everdrone has, as one of a few companies in the world, been granted permission for Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations in urban environments by a National Aviation Authority (NAA).
Everdrone typically collaborates with Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) organisations, Emergency Medical Call Centres (EMCC) or Emergency Response Organisations (ERO). In Sweden, Everdrone has started a collaboration with SOS Alarm, responsible for the Swedish emergency number, and the medical University Karolinska Institutet. The consortium has already carried out real-world operations throughout the summer of 2020. Extended operations in Sweden and expansion to Denmark is expected in the second quarter of 2021.