Technology | 2018-12-10

Frequentis LifeX And ASGARD Solutions Facilitate Efficient Use Of Drones/UAVs In Public Safety And Emergency Applications

Source: ICCRA

UAVs/Drones application in emergency situations video and sensor data provided by drones could vastly support rescue forces in their mission.

Frequentis has developed an application which allows location data and video from drones to feed directly into workstations in the control center, through its LifeX and ASGARD solutions. The integrated solution was presented at the global trade fair for professional mobile communications and control centers, PMRExpo, in Cologne.

Firefighters, police, emergency medical services, search and rescue crews, and lifeguards, responding to a wide range of emergencies every day, are all too often hindered by a lack of critical information. Video and sensor data provided by drones could vastly support these emergency and life safety forces in their missions.

At PMRExpo, Frequentis highlighted how Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones can be efficiently utilized in emergency situations by directly integrating their critical surveillance information into the control center’s communication systems.

Beyond Visual Line Of Sight Operations

The system design is fully scalable and will support autonomous Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations in the future, if permitted by local legal legislation. This will allow emergency services to use drones to quickly gain a real-time aerial view of a situation as it unfolds.

The application forwards the live video data to the control center. The data feed can be processed and displayed by both the Frequentis multimedia collaboration platform LifeX, as used in large national public safety organizations, or its communication system ASGARD, which is already used in 35 security centers for industry and fire departments in Germany. Resolution and quality can be configured by a mobile app to use the maximum available bandwidth of encrypted LTE connectivity.

“With the help of this technology the Control Center can quickly and directly gain an information advantage, improving situational awareness, allowing simplification and acceleration of emergency services work processes.” Says Jan Ziegler – Head of New Business Development UAVs.