What: Ambulance Drone
Where: Delft University of Technology
Who: Alec Momont
Dronesforgood explores future possibilities with drones and develops the technology on an open platform. One of its recent developments is the Ambulance-Drone, a high speed drone network that delivers emergency supplies to any location within minutes. Alec Momont, graduated student at Delft University of Technology designed during his graduation in cooperation with innovation platform Living Tomorrow a prototype of an ambulance drone. After an emergency call comes in on a cardiac arrest, this unmanned, autonomous navigating aircraft delivers a defibrillator quickly to where it is needed. Once at the scene, an operator, like a paramedic, can watch, talk and instruct those helping the victim by using an on-board camera connected to a control room via a livestream webcam.
The first prototype of this “flying medical toolbox” focuses on transporting a defibrillator.’Around 800,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest in the European Union every year and only 8.0 percent survive,’ Momont, 23, said at the TU Delft University. The main reason for this is the relatively long response time of emergency services of around 10 minutes, while brain death and fatalities occur with four to six minutes, he said.
The drone tracks emergency mobile calls and uses the GPS to navigate. The drone can fly at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour, weighs 4 kilograms and can carry another 4 kilo load. The ambulance drone can get a defibrillator to a patient within a 12 square kilometre zone within a minute, reducing the chance of survival from 8 percent to 80 percent.