Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Drones to drop AED’s in remote areas

German manufacturers Height-Tech have developed an app allowing Automatic External Defibrillators to be delivered to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in a matter of minutes.

Non-profit organisation Definetz have partnered with Height-Tech to create the technology to fly an unmanned drone to remote or hard to get too areas, delivering life-saving defibrillators. The drone can fly unmanned for up to 6 miles (10 km) at speeds of up to 40 mph (70 kph), avoiding road traffic below.

The first aider at hand can request the drone to be sent using a pre-downloaded app on their smart phone. The app then navigates the drone using GPS coordinates to the precise location ready for administration to the victim.

According to the Red Cross, "Each minute defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival is reduced approximately 10%," so a drone that can deliver a quick response could make an astounding difference. The average response time is 8-12 minutes, so a drone that can cut that time can drastically increase survival rates.

Currently laws in Germany, where the product is being developed currently states that all unmanned vehicles must be supervised by someone on the ground, incurring additional costs.

The technology has a long way to go before it is available to the public, but the investment in this project just reinforces just how important AEDs are in saving lives.