Everdrone has announced the commencement of a drone delivery service that is seeing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) being flown to the scene of cardiac arrests, with plans to roll out the programme internationally.
The service, currently reaching 80,000 residents in the Gothenburg area, is part of a collaboration with Sweden’s national emergency call centre, SOS Alarm, and the Centre for Resuscitation Science at Karolinska Institutet (KI).
Now the company has announced that operations are expanding internationally thanks to an agreement with the Copenhagen Emergency Medical Services.
“The research project in Sweden is running along as planned and final evaluation of feasibility will take place during autumn,” said Andreas Claesson, principal investigator for the project at KI. “We believe there is great potential in this novel system, however further investigation is needed regarding the effect on a wider scale.”
The collaborating partners have established a roadmap where the drone service will be deployed in Denmark during the spring of 2021.
Expectations are to initially reach more than 100,000 people in rural and semi-urban areas where the ambulance response times are relatively long.
“The deployment of the drone system in Gothenburg is a great start and we hope to make it a permanent part of Sweden’s emergency dispatch,” said Mats Sällström, CEO of Everdrone. “Throughout the project, we have built a solid experience and learned lessons for the future.#
“Based on what we have learned, we will refine the technology and operational procedures to improve response times with faster drones and optimized route planning, to make the system even more efficient and robust before launching in Denmark.”
The project has received funding from the Eurostars-2 Joint Programme with co-funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.