Aeryon Labs UAVs provide relief in Nepal

By Emily Aasand | April 27, 2015

Aeryon Labs Inc., a small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) manufacture, has deployed three of its sUAS and a qualified Aeryon pilot to Nepal, in response to the recent 7.8-magnitute earthquake, to provide aerial support to disaster relief teams on the ground. Aeryon is collaborating with partners GlobalMedic, which provides disaster response with a rescue unit, water purification unit, and an emergency medical unit, and Monadrone, an IT and software development company that services counties in Europe and Africa.

“The GlobalMedic unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) team responded immediately to the crisis in Nepal. The sUAS provide us the unmatched capability to get onsite and into the air immediately to start determining how and where to provide support to the people,” said Rahul Singh, executive director of GlobalMedic.   

The sUAS enable ground-based rescue teams to collect critical visual intelligence and deploy rescue resources quickly, carefully and exactly where they are most needed. Aeryon’s platforms have thermal cameras to help locate survivors by detecting body heat, as well as the company’s newest imaging payload, the Aeryon HDZoom30, which can be used at extended distances to zoom in to see a target with clarity and detail, according to Aeryon.

“UAS are uniquely able to provide immediate support for disaster relief, like the earthquake in Nepal, helping rescue teams search more effectively, efficiently and safely,” said Dave Kroetsch, president and CEO of Aeryon Labs. “It’s an honor to see the technology you create make such a difference. We are privileged to be able to assist the aid workers who are helping the people of Nepal.”

“At Monadrone, we see sUAS as mission-critical tools that not only support day-to-day military, police and fire department needs, but can also pay a vital role when disaster strikes,” said Robin Morris, director at Monadrone, Monaco. “The images the Aeryon sUAS will capture will enable the creation of up-to-date maps required to aid the disaster relief in Nepal.”

According to Aeryon, its sUAS have been deployed for disaster relief following the August 2014 landslide that devastated the region along the banks of the Sunkkoshi River in northern Nepal.

This comes after the American Red Cross and Measure, a 32 Advisors Company, released a study detailing how unmanned aerial vehicles can help first responders and improve disaster relief efforts.

“UAVs provide significant benefits to first responders, enabling them to expedite disaster relief efforts,” said Justin Oberman, president of Measure. “We have a unique opportunity for companies and governments to save lives and rebuild communities by using UAV technology. UAVs can be effective and efficient tools for humanitarian purposes; we need the right blueprint in place to help realize the potential of UAVs as a tool for good.”


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