Drone Delivered AED System to Demo Lifesaving Capabilities at Verizon Event.
November 18, 2019, (ORLANDO, Fla.) — Archer Unmanned Air Systems (Archer UAS), a Central Fla. technology company specializing in unmanned air systems deployment and services, was selected by Verizon to showcase its emergency medical supply delivery system, Archer First Response Systems (AFRS), at Operation Convergent Response November 19-21, in Perry, Ga.
In its third year, Operation Convergent Response brings together groundbreaking technologies capable of dramatically enhancing and improving emergency response capabilities over three days of highly realistic crisis scenarios. Cohosted by Verizon and Nokia, the live-action event takes place at Guardian Centers, a state-of-the-art training facility designed to replicate incredibly realistic, natural and manmade disasters for training purposes.
Archer UAS will participate in the Cyber Attack on Critical Infrastructure scenario, a mock ransomware attack that simulates terrorists releasing a dam, causing severe flooding and power outages. AFRS will be tasked with delivering an automated external defibrillator (AED) to a victim experiencing cardiac arrest in an area that emergency response is unable to reach.
“It’s an honor that Verizon recognized Archer UAS as a new technology with potential to radically improve emergency responders’ ability to get lifesaving medical supplies to victims in need,” said Archer UAS founder and CEO, Gordon Folkes. “Archer First Response Systems solves a very critical problem of delivering time-sensitive medical supplies like AEDs and NARCAN when the window of time to save a life is very narrow.”
Integrated directly with 911 dispatch, AFRS uses unmanned air systems (drones) to deliver essential medical supplies, like an AED, NARCAN and Stop the Bleed, directly to victims experiencing a medical emergency. The UAS vehicle is housed in Archer’s proprietary Ground Control Hub that constantly maintains a homeostatic environment, and Archer’s proprietary cloud-based software monitors the vehicle’s health, system status, weather, air traffic and advisories, as well as other safety aspects.
Archer’s 911 computer-aided dispatch (CAD) deployment software integrates directly into emergency dispatch and can be deployed and airborne/en route in less than 20 seconds with a click of a button. One vehicle and a Ground Control Hub services a 35-square-mile coverage area, delivering the payload in less than five minutes. This rapid response time means victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and other incredibly time-sensitive emergencies have a much better chance of survival.
AFRS uses modems and SIM cards generously provided by Verizon in both its vehicle and Ground Control Hub to remotely control AFRS hardware and constantly receive information on the system’s location and health over Verizon’s high-speed LTE network.