Drone Beats Ambulance in AED Delivery Trials

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Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has completed phase one of a project to determine the effectiveness of delivering an automated external defibrillator (AED) via drone versus a traditional ambulance.

The first phase of the AED On The Fly Pilot initiative, completed with Peel Region Paramedics in Ontario, achieved a 100% success rate, concluding that using DDC’s proprietary drone delivery platform to enable rapid first responder technology via drone produces a reduced response time.

The partners simulated emergency calls in the Township of Caledon in the Region of Peel, dispatching DDC’s Sparrow drone equipped with a specialized payload that included an AED. The delivery time of the drone was then compared against the traditional dispatching of first responder paramedics. In all cases, DDC’s Sparrow drone arrived on-site ahead of the traditional first responder vehicles.

“This partnership between DDC and Peel Regional Paramedic Services is groundbreaking,” notes Michael Zahra, CEO of DDC. “The program utilizes DDC’s proprietary drone delivery platform to enable rapid first responder technology via drone with the goal to reduce response time and potentially save lives. We look forward to the next phase to bring this vertical closer to commercialization.”

The company has released a video documenting the trials:

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