Responding faster in an emergency
ViRL - The virtual rescue coordination centre
In emergencies of any kind, every second counts for both the victims and the rescuers. In addition to the first aid provided by fellow citizens, a decisive aspect is the duration of the journey as well as the number of emergency forces that are dispatched by the control centre.
When choosing the means of deployment and the number, the control centre is currently dependent on verbal descriptions by the first responders present. These can be inaccurate or incomplete, which is why the operational scenario, the required resources and the exact position of the accident site are usually unknown or insufficiently described until the rescue forces arrive.
Together with the DLR - German Aerospace Center, we have addressed the question of how the information situation at accident sites can be improved through the use of video rescue drones even before the arrival of the first rescue forces.
Through its use as a mobile control centre, in addition to the classic deployment scenario, ViRL makes it possible to obtain a significantly faster and more precise overview of the accident situation. A better assessment of the situation is thus already possible during the approach and important decisions, such as requesting additional resources, can be made at an early stage.