Dronesforgood explores future possibilities with drones and develops the technology on an open platform. One of its recent developments is the Ambulance-Drone, a high speed drone network that delivers emergency supplies to any location within minutes.
The targets were jointly defined by future innovation consultancy Living Tomorrow and their client University Hospital of Ghent. I subsequently secured 10k in funding for my graduation project based on my project proposal of “how drones can improve global health?”. The following targets were set:
- Strategy - Define vertical markets in which UAVs will have a disrupting impact and will improve global health.
- MVP - Create a minimal viable product that can be used for market testing and create public exposure.
- Startup - Perform an extensive feasibility study and user testing to establish a ground platform for a startup company.
Through several focus sessions and interviews I convened drone experts, medical staff and professionals from different fields in numerous brainstorms to explore this topic. The results showed clear added value by the speed of deployment, accuracy and automated flight in the field of emergency response (EMS). The goal was thus defined to create a high speed response network that worked in a decentralized way to provide faster response times. For the minimally viable product of this vision I engineered a custom foldable frame that transforms the UAV into a compact flying toolbox containing essential supplies for (lay-person) advanced life support. The first product focuses on the most pressing use case: delivery of an automated external defibrillator - where a decrease in response time of just one minute leads to an increase of 10% in the survival rates.