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Saving Lives

In life and death situations, an emergency unit arriving one or two minutes earlier can literally save a victims life. In crowded and congested cities this can be a serious issue for ambulance and paramedical staff where response times are often around 10 minutes. For a heart attack victim this can be too long, 6 minutes is the recognized ‘survival window’. A Belgian engineering student has developed an answer, the Ambulance Drone. The system has a built in defibrillator and it is able to pinpoint the location of an emergency call (made from a mobile phone) then travel there using GPS. The unit has speakers, a camera and microphone so a paramedic at the other end can communicate and follow instructions. Units could be positioned on roof tops around the city enabling a swift response within minutes to a victim.

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Saving Lives
Saving Lives

Journalism

Sometimes journalists have to drop themselves into dangerous situations to get the big story. Cameramen are forced into taking shots in high-risk areas that can be life threatening at times. Keeping the journalist safe while offering above ground shots of dangerous scenes is the new direction of front line reporting from war zones. It’s not such a noble cause, but paparazzi are also taking to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to get the money shot of celebs doing their thing. They don’t have to buzz around weddings in helicopters now, they just send in a drone to do their dirty work for them.

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