January 18, 2022
Aquiline Drones, an American drone manufacturing and cloud technology company, and GlobalFlyte, makers of the AWARE secure, cloud-based suite of technologies designed for first responders, have announced a strategic partnership to enhance the ability to comprehensively respond to any emergency incident.
The new collaboration creates an end-to-end, software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that extends AWARE’s Smart Response Software to Aquiline’s Sparticus line of autonomous, AI-enabled drones and its cloud-based cognitive AI services with real-time control and dynamic on-field decision-making capabilities. The goal is to help firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians assess the situation, deploy necessary resources and determine their life-saving course of action in real time before, during and after an emergency event.
“Merging live AI-processed drone video streams with the patented AI-enhanced audio streams offered by AWARE significantly enhances situational awareness for first responders and the value they provide in service to their community,” said Dalton Pont, chief innovation officer at Aquiline Drones. “Additionally, Aquiline Drones’ maintenance repair overhaul model guarantees fully functional operational UAVs, which eliminates worry and ensures high quality use when it matters most.”
The AWARE platform contains three main components:
- ActionMap, which provides a unified ArcGIS-based mapping platform that allows dispatchers, commanders and first responders to view exactly the same information as incidents develop in real time. It incorporates data layers that include critical infrastructure, hospitals and schools, while displaying live video near real-time audio transcription, pictures, GPS locations, known hazards or other location factors that can impact response and rescue efforts.
- Multi-modal communications, a secure communications platform that integrates live voice-to-text transcription with text messaging, voice playback, and customizable keyword highlight into an intuitive UI to improve comprehension and situational awareness of 911 operators, field responders and those in the command center. By spatially separating radio traffic into the listener’s ear, MMC enables incident teams to monitor and track multiple talk groups and channels simultaneously.
- AwareMobile, a smart phone application that lets users stay updated with an event or incident while in the field.
“At its core, AWARE is a technical platform of communication and visualization tools that facilitate quick decision-making for any type of incident or event response,” said Roger Mann, CEO of AWARE. “What’s more, the system is compatible with any existing hardware and software for seamless integration into a responder’s daily workflow, whether it be on a tablet, a vehicle’s mobile data terminal, a large screen computer or even a smartphone. It is as useful to a small department as it is to a major urban disaster response agency, providing critical decision support before, during, and after an event.”
Pont said AWARE-armed Spartacus drones can fulfill several missions, including:
- Delivery of emergency supplies – drones can be sent ahead of first responders to assess the situation on the ground, and also be used to deliver lifesaving supplies and equipment to victims that are not readily reachable by a human person in time.
- Search and rescue – helping officers and firefighters locate missing persons, survivors of an explosion or building collapse, or accident victims thrown from cars.
- Disaster management – a drone’s aerial imagery provides enhanced situational awareness that can improve visibility in difficult conditions, while locating subjects in darkness or heavy vegetation, reducing the time, cost and risk of on-foot operations.
- Law enforcement – drones can be deployed ahead of police intervention to provide first-person viewing and real-time situational awareness to capture crimes in action, providing responders with live footage of the scene, and even recording footage.
- Site assessment – drones can see through smoke by providing real-time video and overlaid aerial topography and maps to offer insight needed to enhance missions, such as pinpointing hidden fires in roofs and walls to protect firefighting teams.
“From raging wildfires out west to devastating building collapses, police officers, firefighters and EMTs must constantly rise to the challenge of keeping Americans safe,” said Barry Alexander, CEO of Aquiline Drones. “Our new partnership with AWARE helps protect and save them by minimizing or eliminating hazards entirely.”
GlobalFlyte was established in 2015 in Dayton, Ohio, and licensed a patented technology from the U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) to create AWARE, a cloud-hosted, software-as-a-service to enhance comprehension, communication and collaboration. More details on the company are available here. For more details on Aquiline Drones, visit its website here.