Olaeris, a manufacturer of civilian unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), says Georgia's Macon-Bibb County will become the first in the U.S. to install a county-wide network of UAS for emergency response.
Macon-Bibb County commissioners and Mayor Robert Reichert voted unanimously to execute a memorandum of agreement with Olaeris for a $5.7 million fleet of Olaeris' Aerial-Electric-Virtual-Assistant (AEVA) UAS.
The aircraft will support all sheriff's department, fire department, 911 and emergency management agency response services – allowing them to share the technology and work more efficiently than ever before, says Olaeris.
Upon an incoming 911 call, AEVA automatically launches, flies beyond line of sight and robotically navigates to the incident without human assistance. It then transmits live, scramble-encrypted video to ground responders so they can see what’s happening while they are on the way. This helps them understand what’s happening so they can adjust their response in real time, the company explains.
The deal includes a fleet of the flying-saucer-shaped UAS, which are eight feet in diameter. It also includes a five-year services agreement with scramble-encrypted bandwidth and data management, training, certification, maintenance, repair, a five-year unlimited warranty, and a written guarantee that no further costs will be incurred.
‘Macon-Bibb's commission is focused on improving public safety by providing responders with the latest technology and growing our economy by attracting new industries and businesses,’ says Reichert. ‘This partnership does both of those while establishing Macon as a hub for regional disaster response.’