Recently, DJI uploaded this video to YouTube, showing how five organizations in different parts of the world use drones to help save people’s lives. Five finalists were presented the AUVSI XCELLENCE 2018 award during this year’s AUVSI Xponential conference in Denver, CO, sponsored by DJI. In the video DJI’s Managing Director of North America, Michael Perry explains how drone initiatives in five different continents have helped to reduce the time and risk in saving lives

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At the end of the AUVSI Xponential Conference in Denver, CO, five organizations were awarded the AUVSI XCELLENCE 2018 award. the finalists came from five different continents, North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia and used drones in disaster management, medical assistance, and search-and-rescue operations at locations around the world.

The finalists of the first AUVSI XCELLENCE 2018 award are:

  • Aeryon Labs Inc., Aeryon SkyRanger UAS Provides Critical Aerial Intelligence to First Responders in Sint Maarten in the Wake of Hurricane Irma (Canada)
  • DroneSAR, DroneSAR UAV Search & Rescue (SAR) Solution – Executing Autonomous Aerial Search and Delivering Live Drone Data to Augment First Response Efforts (Ireland)
  • Nepal Flying Lab, Drone Hazard & Vulnerability Mapping in Nepal (Nepal)
  • ONG DroneSAR Chile, Emergency Response Team and Humanitarian Aid Through the Use of Drones (Chile)
  • Zipline International, Zipline’s Medical Drone Delivery Operation in Rwanda (Rwanda)

In the video, Micheal Perry, DJI’s Managing Director of North America said:

“Drone Innovation is not driven by the technology itself, but by you. The users.”

and

“A drone in a crisis helps reduce the time and risk in saving lives and that is really the story that all of the different participants in this award are able to tell.”

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