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BRINC launches 911 response drone and docking station

The BRINC Responder drone and Responder Station provide an end-to-end solution for public safety agencies looking to start or scale Drone as First Responder programs

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BRINC’s integrated DFR solution features the Responder drone and Responder Station charging nest.


By Police1 Staff

SEATTLE — Drone manufacturer BRINC has unveiled its purpose-built hardware designed for Drone as First Responder (DFR) operations.

BRINC’s integrated DFR solution features the Responder drone and Responder Station charging nest. The drones are engineered to reach 911 calls in under 70 seconds, providing critical situational awareness to first responders before they arrive on scene. The Responder drone is 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, according to the company’s press release.

“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,” said BRINC Founder and CEO Blake Resnick. Watch a live stream of the product announcement below.

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 selection of life-saving payloads, such as EpiPens, automated external defibrillators, personal flotation devices and Narcan. The drone’s two-way communication capability can provide instruction and enhance de-escalation during tense confrontations.

Responder features a Full HD, 40x zoom visual camera array and a 640px thermal sensor providing a detailed view to public safety personnel once the drone arrives on-scene. The 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.

Complementing the Responder is the Responder Station, a robotic charging nest designed to be placed throughout communities for fast response times. The Responder Station ensures the Responder drone remains operational, protected from weather and ready to spring into action at a moment’s notice. Together, the Responder and Responder Station enable sub-5-second drone deployment.

Responder drones return to the nearest available Responder Station after the completion of each mission to charge from 0 to 100% in 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 worldwide 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.
  • Two-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.
  • Integration with existing public safety infrastructure: Connect with existing computer-aided dispatch (CAD), digital evidence management systems (DEMS), 911 call systems and more.

For more information on Responder, click here. For more information on Responder Station, click here. For more information on LiveOps, click here.