DJI and the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) have announced a partnership in which they will seek ways to integrate the use of drones into first-response missions.
Over the next year, DJI and EENA expect to gain a deeper understanding of how aerial technology best adds value to emergency-service providers in different scenarios, environments and conditions.
Brussels, Belgium-based EENA, established in 1999 as a non-governmental organization, serves as a discussion platform for emergency services, public authorities, researchers, associations and solution providers. The group aims to improve emergency response in accordance with citizens’ requirements.
The joint DJI-EENA program will provide carefully selected teams of pilots in Europe with aerial technology equipment, including DJI’s Phantom and Inspire drones, M100 platform, and Zenmuse XT thermal imaging system.
Throughout the program, teams will receive hands-on training, support and guidance on application development using DJI’s software development kit (SDK). At the program’s end, EENA and DJI will share insights and best practices with the broader international emergency-response community to promote the safe integration of drones in emergency situations.
The partners have selected the Greater Copenhagen Fire Department in Denmark and the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team in Ireland as the first two test sites.
In Denmark, the focus will be on drone applications for firefighting, chemical accidents, and larger car accidents in urban and over-water environments. The team in Ireland is already using advanced software applications through DJI’s SDK to coordinate search-and-rescue missions in remote areas, and the focus will be to improve real-time networking techniques and crowdsourcing capabilities.
“With this program, we seek to better understand how challenges in terms of logistics and data analysis and integration can be overcome to fully realize the benefits of drones in emergency and humanitarian crisis situations,” says Tony O’Brien, EENA’s deputy executive director.
More information on applying to become a test site can be found here.