The European Patent Office (EPO) has approved a patent for Swedish drone specialist Everdrone. According to an Everdrone press release, the company’s patented technology focuses on combining vision technology with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to allow drones to fly safely and accurately in low altitude airspace where obstacles such as buildings and vegetation are often present.
More specifically, the recently approved patent relates to a method of comparing camera data in order to automatically validate that the onboard sensors are working correctly, thereby making drone operations safer.
Everdrone offers a service where drones equipped with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and other medical supplies are dispatched to the scene of emergency situations, in conjunction with local emergency services and authorities. The company works with Sweden’s national emergency call centre, SOS Alarm, and the Centre for Resuscitation Science at Karolinska Institutet (KI) for research and development.
Most recently, Everdrone expanded its reach into Denmark in partnership with Copenhagen Emergency Medical Services. Copenhagen EMS acts as a research partner and is responsible for emergency dispatch services to determine which calls need priority drone assistance, while Everdrone coordinates the delivery of AEDs via drone to the scene of cardiac arrests.
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