To help the fight against COVID-19, US drone company Skydio has delivered one million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as donating some of its drones to first responders.
The Skydio Emergency Response Program (ERP), will see dozens of Skydio 2 drones and associated equipment donated to public safety agencies across the US.
Skydio’s in-house experts will also provide training and support at no cost to participating agencies.
Skydio had planned to release the ERP to assist with disaster relief later this year, but decided to make the program available immediately to meet the needs of public safety agencies facing an unprecedented pandemic.
The drones in question are not for the enforcement of quarantine, and as such have no speakers, but are designed enhance safety by giving fire and police services close-up awareness of a situation before they enter it.
Skydio also says it has delivered to healthcare workers over one million pieces of PPE, sourced and secured by Frontline Support, a nonprofit started and staffed by Silicon Valley based volunteers.
“As an American company that manufactures its products in the United States, Skydio strongly supports first responders who stare down danger every day to protect the public from the full range of threats, including COVID-19,” said Fritz Reber, Skydio’s head of public safety integration.
“We know the value that drones provide to public safety. Although fully hand-flown drones are helpful, drones with advanced autonomy features provide exceptional value, allowing officers to fly without fear of crashing into objects while enhancing situational awareness.
“With the rapid spread of COVID-19, public safety agencies now face unprecedented challenges, and we want to do our part to support those who put themselves in harm’s way to protect us all.”