Everdrone achieves regulatory milestone and expands life-saving operations

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Everdrone, a global leader in autonomous drone operations, will soon reach more residents with doorstep deliveries thanks to extended permissions obtained from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in Sweden.

In the coming weeks, 200,000 people in Sweden will have access to emergency medical deliveries of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) by drone as Everdrone expands operations outside the Gothenburg region.

Once an emergency call comes in, dispatchers send both a drone and an ambulance. The drone will usually arrive before the ambulance. It lowers the defibrillator with a winch from a height of 30 meters. Everdrone’s drone is equipped with an Intel-based RealSense obstacle avoidance system and intelligent route planning to improve efficiency. A parachute system ensures the drone will land safely in the event of an accident.

By deploying drones equipped with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to the scene of emergency situations, bystanders are given the ability to initiate life-saving measures while awaiting professional medical care. In case of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, the chance of survival decreases by 10% with each minute following the collapse, so beating the ambulance response time and thereby enabling early defibrillation can mean the difference between life and death.

Everdrone works with Sweden’s national emergency call centre, SOS Alarm, and the Centre for Resuscitation Science at Karolinska Institutet (KI) for research and development. The company also has an established partnership with Copenhagen Emergency Medical Services with the intention to expand operations to Denmark in 2021.

(Sources: https://dronedj.com/2021/04/05/everdrone-receives-permission-to-expand-drone-service/, https://www.suasnews.com/2021/04/everdrone-achieves-regulatory-milestone-and-expands-life-saving-operations/)


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