EENA has been one of the leaders in the field of public safety and drones during the last years. From pilot programmes around Europe to documents and webinars adding to the discussion of drones in public safety, EENA has been at the forefront.

The benefits of drones for the safety of people have been undeniable. And so have some challenges that remain to be addressed. In this context, EENA’s work on drones aims to push for progress in the public safety field and enable spaces for emergency services to learn from each other.

past projects

LiFesaving medical deliveries by drone

To better understand the possibility of using drones for emergency medical deliveries, EENA and Everdrone launched a project, supported by the Karolinska Institutet.

The project involved interviews conducted with professionals from relevant end-user organisations. Professionals working in emergency services applied to take part in the project, which aimed to help improve people’s safety. Through these interviews, EENA, Everdrone and the Karolinska Institutet was able to explore opportunities to use drones to deliver lifesaving equipment such as defibrillators.

The EENA-Everdrone project was finalised in September 2021.

Unmanned Traffic Managment

This report gathers knowledge from various experts in the field of  U-space and how it could help change the perception of drones in public safety. The insights in this document have been gathered through a series of interviews and sessions where first responders, aeronautics and air traffic experts were included.

The report was finalised and approved in May 2021.

EENA/DJI programme Drone Efficacy Study

The Drones Efficacy Study was carried out by EENA, DJI and Black Channel. Its purpose was to provide an assessment of the value added by the drone to the current standard practice used for locating missing persons in Search And Rescue missions.

50 trials were conducted with SAR teams in Sligo and Wicklow, Ireland and in Wales, UK.

The study was finalised and approved in September 2018.

EENA drones working group white paper

This white paper gathered knowledge from various international organisations specialising in Remotely Piloted Airborne Systems. The paper explores questions around the use of RPAS from the perspective of the emergency services and how RPAS can potentially be used whilst baring in mind all of the safety, privacy, operational and technical considerations that are of concern.

The paper was finalised and approved in November 2015.