An Emergency Responders' Volunteer Drone System that Provides Real Time Audio and Video Prior to Arriving on Scene
Publication Date: 2016-Dec-21
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Disclosed are a method and system to use a single drone or network of drones to provide real time audio and video feeds for police, emergency services, and fire and rescue personnel on demand. The drones aid emergency responders with information prior to personnel arriving on the scene.
An Emergency Responders ' Volunteer Drone System that Provides Real Time Audio and Video Prior to Arriving on Scene
Emergency services do not have a way to actively monitor a developing situation via real time audio and video while on route to an emergency. Ambulance personnel, for instance, have to assess the situation, determine triage order, and decide if additional emergency responders are needed (e.g., police, medical, fire, etc.) after arriving on scene. If these types of delays could be avoided lives could be saved. This data could also be captured, stored, and provide historical accuracy for the event in question.
A network of first responder drones could very quickly provide real time audio and video feeds for police, emergency services, and fire and rescue personnel on demand.
The novel solution is a system to aid emergency responders with information prior to arriving on the scene comprising the following novel methods:
To register a drone’s availability and capabilities in an emergency responder’s volunteer drone network
To find available drones in close proximity to an emergency after an emergency is called into an emergency services center (e.g., 911) or otherwise detected
To instruct a volunteer drone where to fly, to which areas, and how long to record video/audio of the scene of the accident
(Sub-method) To allow an emergency responder to remotely control the drone (or drones video camera) in order to get specific video of a subject
To coordinate multiple drones (if available) to achieve an optimized video coverage of the accident scene
Recording video and audio feeds in real time can benefit multiple parties for various situations. A drone launched from a nearby location, could provide valuable information to various emergency services and law enforcement that would help them assess and prepare prior to arriving at the scene.
A method to register a drone’s availability and capabilities in an emergency responder’s volunteer drone network Drone owners can volunteer and register drones in the emergency responders’ volunteer drone network. This allows the system to determine the most capable and cost effective drone to dispatch in any given emergency or accident.
Method Steps: 1. Drone owner registers a drone with the emergency responders’ network/system
(this could be a third party system or a public service entity). The drone owner includes the following:
A. Drone owner B. Drone make and model C. Drone's parked location (updated with real time location if drone is not
parked) D. Drone's battery life and flight time capabilities
E. Whether drone is capable of, or allowed to be, remote controlled F. Internet of Things (IoT) sensors available for use (e.g., camera, audio
microphone, infrared, etc.) G. Any requirements or limitations on the use of the drone (e.g., not allowed
to be flown above 100 feet, flight paths over water not allowed, etc.) H. Indication of expected compensation (e.g., for energy/fuel consumed,...