San Diego Fire Department calls in camera-equipped drones for rescue missions

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Cape, a provider of one of the world’s leading cloud platforms for drone telepresence and data management, has locked in a city partnership in a bid to expand its business.

The multinational firm confirms a partnership with the City of San Diego with the launch of the city’s first UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP) drone deployment for the San Diego Fire Department.

The launch, which is one of the first IPP deployments nationwide, was kicked off with a live public safety demonstration at San Diego Fire Station last week.

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Working alongside the San Diego Fire Department, drones equipped with the Cape Aerial Telepresence platform were launched as part of a fire call simulation.

Aimed at offering a first-hand view of the impact on emergency response efforts, the demonstration showcased a number of drone capabilities that will be utilised in San Diego’s public safety IPP initiatives, including the ability to provide real-time aerial visibility to first responder teams both on scene and in the command center, and to better and more quickly inform resource decisions for emergency situations.

Announced in late 2017, the IPP is an initiative from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), focused on enabling the safe expansion of commercial drone operations in the United States.

“Today’s smartest cities are turning to drones to not only power innovation but to improve the safety of residents, visitors and first responders,”said Chris Rittler, CEO of Cape.

“It’s an honour to be a part of one of the very first IPP deployments and to showcase the full capabilities of drones and the impact on public safety. The city of San Diego is helping define the smart cities of the future and we are extremely proud to be the technology partner they trust to make it possible.”

Its work with the city of San Diego is the latest example of Cape’s work helping companies across industries use drones as a tool for improving safety, increasing operational efficiency and enabling innovation.

The SDFD launch expands on the company’s success with similar public safety initiatives around the world, including its work with the the city of Ensenada, Mexico, where drones equipped with the Cape Aerial Telepresence platform were used to reduce crime rates by more than 10 percent and improve emergency response times by 90%.

Cape is one of the first and only companies in the states to be awarded precedent-setting waivers under both Section 333 and Part 107 regulations, and has performed more than 100,000 flights in the US, Middle East, Mexico, and New Zealand, with zero incidents.

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