RedSky Technologies Inc., a Chicago-based provider of software solutions for E9-1-1 and emergency response, says it has been issued a new patent for retrieving messages and locations from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during emergencies.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent No. 9,094,816, which expands on RedSky's Emergency Location Information Service (E-LIS) product patents.
The patent describes how emergency messages and data from UAVs can be retrieved and translated into usable civic and geo-coordinate data and transmitted over legacy and next-generation, IP-based, 9-1-1 networks to provide situational awareness to emergency responders.
The patent builds on RedSky's foundational E-LIS patents that encompass the architecture, process and system elements for receiving, storing and delivering the location data of any device on any network when the device dials or texts an emergency string such as 9-1-1.
‘Unmanned aerial vehicles will be premier tools in future emergency-response situations,’ says Jerry Eisner RedSky's group director of public safety. ‘This patent extends our ability to gather precise location data in an emergency situation and make it available to emergency responders using the RedSky Horizon E-LIS.’
The RedSky Horizon product suite and E-LIS are consistent with and compatible to the National Emergency Number Association i3 standard, the blueprint for next-generation emergency services networks for public safety.