Kongsberg Geospatial, Renfrew County Paramedics Conduct Successful BVLOS Field Trial of Rescue Drone Technology

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Ottawa, CA: Kongsberg Geospatial, an Ottawa-based developer of real-time, mission critical, geospatial visualisation software, and the County of Renfrew Paramedic Service announced today the successful conclusion of field trials of a new software application developed to improve the safety of operating a search-and-rescue drone beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS).

The Country of Renfrew Paramedic Service is one of the first paramedic services in Canada to use a commercial drone, (or UAV) as a first response tool, and gained attention in the media last year when their UAV was used on an active crime scene following a triple homicide in Wilno Ontario.

The biggest limitation that UAV operators face is the fact that for safety and regulatory reasons, civilian UAVs can’t be operated beyond line-of-sight: they have to be within view of the pilot at all times. This is especially problematic in heavily wooded areas where trees typically limit your line of sight to a few tens of meters.

Kongsberg Geospatial has been providing display technology for military UAV platforms for over a decade, and is now actively working with industry and regulatory groups in the United States and Canada to develop a simple, portable unified display for civilian UAV operators that provides them with the necessary spatial awareness to safely operate UAVs beyond line-of-sight.

The display technology integrates and presents a variety of data sources to provide comprehensive information about the UAV along with other aircraft, airspace, obstacles and terrain using a single lightweight tablet. These data sources are not normally available to a UAV operator.

While the test team was restricted from actually operating beyond line-of-sight, they were able to simulate BVLOS conditions by having a second observer shadow the pilot operations and track the progress of the drone.

Kongsberg Geospatial has been providing display technology for military UAV platforms for over a decade, and is now actively working with industry and regulatory groups in the United States and Canada to develop a simple, portable unified display for civilian UAV operators that provides them with the necessary spatial awareness to safely operate UAVs beyond line-of-sight.

The display technology integrates and presents a variety of data sources to provide comprehensive information about the UAV along with other aircraft, airspace, obstacles and terrain using a single lightweight tablet. These data sources are not normally available to a UAV operator.

While the test team was restricted from actually operating beyond line-of-sight, they were able to simulate BVLOS conditions by having a second observer shadow the pilot operations and track the progress of the drone.

Kongsberg Geospatial has been providing display technology for military UAV platforms for over a decade, and is now actively working with industry and regulatory groups in the United States and Canada to develop a simple, portable unified display for civilian UAV operators that provides them with the necessary spatial awareness to safely operate UAVs beyond line-of-sight.

The display technology integrates and presents a variety of data sources to provide comprehensive information about the UAV along with other aircraft, airspace, obstacles and terrain using a single lightweight tablet. These data sources are not normally available to a UAV operator.

While the test team was restricted from actually operating beyond line-of-sight, they were able to simulate BVLOS conditions by having a second observer shadow the pilot operations and track the progress of the drone.

About Kongsberg Geospatial: Based in Ottawa, Canada, Kongsberg Geospatial (http://www.kongsberggeospatial.com) creates precision real-time software for mapping, geospatial visualization, and situational awareness. The Company’s products are primarily deployed in solutions for air-traffic control, Command and Control, and air defense.  Over nearly three decades of providing dependable performance under extreme conditions, Kongsberg Geospatial has become the leading geospatial technology provider for mission-critical applications where lives are on the line.  Kongsberg Geospatial is a subsidiary of Kongsberg Defence Systems.

About the County of Renfrew Paramedic Service:Since 2005 the County of Renfrew Paramedic Service has been serving the communities within and surrounding Renfrew County. The service has seen significant growth in this timeframe with the introduction of an increased scope of practice for the Paramedic staff as well as increased resources available for deployment throughout the county.

The service strives to achieve the vision of an improved quality of life for the residents of and visitors to Renfrew County and has focused on three key strategies: building capacity, synergistic partnerships and innovation while ensuring services continue to be responsive, appropriate, reliable and safe.