A Responder drone sits atop a Responder Station charging nest with two law enforcement vehicles in the background.

The Responder Station, a robotic charging nest, is designed to be placed throughout communities for fast response times. Responder Station ensures that Responders remain operational, protected from weather, and ready to spring into action at a moment's notice.

Photo: BRINC

BRINC has unveiled what it calls the first ever purpose-built hardware designed for Drone as First Responder (DFR) operations.

The integrated DFR solution features a Responder drone and Responder Station charging nest.

Responder: Quick Response and Crucial Supplies Delivery

The drones are engineered to reach 911 calls in under 70 seconds, providing situational awareness to first responders before they arrive on scene. This can help law enforcement determine the best response for developing scenes, which can help prevent unnecessary wear and tear on vehicles.

The drones are also capable of delivering life-saving medical supplies, reducing manned response times, and addressing low-priority calls without the need to dispatch personnel.

As municipalities experience police staffing shortages, BRINC's DFR solution can resolve approximately 25% of calls for service without dispatching officers.

“The launch of BRINC DFR marks a pivotal moment in the evolution of emergency response. Our DFR initiative is set to revolutionize the public safety landscape by empowering first responders with capabilities that significantly improve emergency response times and outcomes.” BRINC Founder & CEO Blake Resnick said.

Responder: Reimagine Emergency Response BRINC’s American-made Responder drone can support first responders as part of an agency’s automated DFR system, a patrol-led DFR approach, or as a manually deployed drone.

The Responder can also deliver a wide selection of life-saving payloads, such as EpiPens, automated external defibrillators (AEDs), personal floatation devices (PFDs), and naloxone (Narcan).

Its two-way communication capability facilitates instruction and can enhance de-escalation during tense confrontations. Responder features a Full HD, 40x zoom visual camera array, and a 640px thermal sensor.

This thermal imager can aid firefighters in identifying hotspots during structure fires and help search and rescue teams locate missing or injured individuals.

Responder also has an emergency response vehicle livery, custom agency markings, red and blue lights, and an integrated siren to make it identifiable as a public safety asset.

Responder Station: Quick Deployment 

Complementing the Responder is the Responder Station, a robotic charging nest designed to be placed throughout communities for fast response times. Responder Station ensures that Responders remain operational, protected from weather, and ready to spring into action when needed.

Together, the Responder and Responder Station enable sub-5-second drone deployment. Responder drones return to the nearest available Station after the completion of each mission to charge from 0 to 100% in just 40 minutes.

The entire solution is driven by BRINC LiveOps, a drone operations software platform available on all modern web browsers. This allows for easy access on mobile devices, tablets, mobile data computers, and at real-time crime centers.

LiveOps provides:

  • Teleoperations: Fly Responder drones from anywhere in the world on a browser tab with your arrow keys.
  • Manage District-Wide Deployments: View calls for service and available drones, select a station to launch from, and quickly deploy drones to emergencies.
  • 2-Way Communications: Provide life-saving instruction and de-escalate critical situations.
  • Augmented Reality Overlays: Contextualize live feeds by overlaying map data on drone video feeds.
  • Integrated Airspace Awareness: View local weather information, ADS-B data, ground-based radar detections, FAA map tiles, and more to deconflict airspace.
  • Transparency Portal: Provide communities with flight logs and a program dashboard to promote transparency.
  • Integrate with Existing Public Safety Infrastructure: Connect with existing computer-aided dispatch (CAD), digital evidence management systems (DEMS), 911 call systems, and more.

Earlier public safety drone system technology generally used generic hardware and software from various companies. This new all-in-one solution from BRINC makes DFR operations more effective and easily accessible.

"Our fully integrated approach with Responder, Responder Station, and BRINC LiveOps sets us apart in the industry, enabling seamless coordination and rapid response in times of crisis.” said Don Redmond, BRINC Vice President of Advanced Public Safety Projects, “We anticipate that our innovative solution will not only enhance operational efficiency, but save lives."

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