A UAV is an ‘unmanned aerial vehicle’, which is known in Spanish as a VANT, a vehículo aéreo no tripulado. The term ‘unmanned aircraft system’, or UAS, is also frequently used. However, nowadays the use of the term ‘drone’ is widespread.
Whatever its name, this technological innovation is here to stay, and it is increasingly moving away from strictly military use and carving a niche for itself in civil society, making itself useful in our daily lives. Proof of this has been seen these last few days at the Smart City Expo World Congress.
22-year-old ESADE student Alfonso Zamarro has created DEA Drones, a drone service equipped with camera, microphone and defibrillators, able to fly to the site of an emergency in just three minutes. The DEA Drones team consists of a fleet of drones installed with cameras that can go to the scene of a medical emergency to help EMTs to assess more precisely the situation.
The idea, which initially started as part of a master’s thesis as a business project proposal, was originally intended to offer a service based on a network of drones equipped with defibrillators to attend to people who had suffered heart attacks in public places.
‘It serves as the doctor’s eyes so he can make the right decision,’ states Zamarro, who points out that the speed of these unmanned aircraft allows them to act even before the ambulance arrives, as the medical professional on the phone can give instructions to the person on the scene making the call, thus minimising damage while they wait for the medical team to arrive.