Dejero provides live stream video services recorded by drones for sporting events and disasters
By DRONELIFE Staff Writer Jim Magill
First responders and law enforcement agencies are increasingly relying on live streaming video captured by drones to improve their ability to observe a rapidly evolving situation, be it the site of a large-scale disaster or the site of a huge, internationally respected sporting event.
Dejero, a Canadian technology company specializing in providing resilient connectivity for critical communications, recently delivered its video transmission equipment to the San Diego Police Department for situational awareness on the grounds of the 121st US Open golf tournament on the Torrey Pines South Course to enhance.
Less than a week later, the company, through one of its drone partners, made a video platform available to distribute real-time video to first responders participating in rescue operations in Surfside Florida after the partial collapse of a condominium tower.
“Drones are becoming the second largest provider of video information outside of body cameras. They also add a lot of videos to public safety environments at law enforcement and fire departments, ”said Jehan Karim, business development manager at Dejero.
Karim said the 13-year-old privately held company was founded in Waterloo, Ontario as a video provider for the broadcast news industry. Then, about three years ago, the company began expanding its video platform service to the public safety and national defense markets. Since entering these markets, the business has grown rapidly, roughly eightfold.
“We are on a strong path in the early stages of growing business. We have identified our core strengths and our core partners, ”he said.
Live stream recorded with drones and first responders
First responders – including emergency medical services, and fire and law enforcement agencies – are calling for high quality streaming video services to monitor and assess situations and ensure the safety of their operations.
“We come from the practice of providing videos; whether from New York, London, Hong Kong, Afghanistan or Syria. It has to get there, ”said Karim. The same expertise is critical to the company’s response to the San Diego and Surfside situations, he said.
“In both situations, the need for reliability, the critical nature of the video and the tactical environment in which the network had to operate were very similar.”
In the case of the US Open, Dejero provided the San Diego Police with his EnGo 260 mobile transmitter and GateWay 211 network aggregation device, which enable police officers and operations commanders to monitor live video and access business-critical apps, both from the command post joint operations center and police headquarters.
The technology enabled the police to eliminate the network congestion problem that is common at high profile sporting events like the Open. By combining all available cellular networks into a single service during the event, Dejero was able to provide an uninterrupted internet connection that enabled police to monitor every aspect of activity on the golf course in real time.
Working with local network technology expert AggreGateway, the Dejero connected its mobile transmitter to a drone base station, and the transmitter relayed the real-time video data back to the command post and headquarters of the San Diego PD via cellular network.
Providing drone live streams in difficult conditions
At the site of the Surfside tower collapse, Dejero teamed up with VolAero Drones, who flew a tethered drone over the disaster area to provide a live video feed to the emergency response centers of the multiple emergency services. As in the case of the US Open, the network environment was complicated, crowded with competing electronic signals from newscasters, first responders, and bystanders using the cell phones.
“The network environment was very competitive, congested and even damaged, and we provided services there,” said Karim.
Demand from first responder agencies for drone-collected video is skyrocketing as agencies see the benefit of collecting images from a scene quickly and efficiently without putting their staff at risk, he said.
“We see that the drones fit very well strategically into the public safety environment. Not only does it improve the initial response, it also optimizes the way information is collected – cheaper and more time-efficient, ”said Karim.
In addition to broadcasting live video, drones can be equipped with sensors to collect a variety of data from a location – such as temperature, wind conditions, and GPS coordinates – that are of great use to first responders.
For example, firefighters arriving at the scene of the fire can use drones powered by Dejero video technology to quickly assess the extent and intensity of the fire and determine the best method to combat it. “When they respond to a fire, the firefighters at the engine only have three or four minutes to gather all the information they can get. After that they will be in the fire, ”said Karim.
The technology also enables the video and data to be widely disseminated, another key to a coordinated response to a situation.
“Instead of the drone just sending the video to the pilot, the drone can now send video to anyone who needs access to that video. In less than two seconds, anyone with access to a web browser, whether on the phone, on a laptop or on a large screen in an operations center, as long as they can access an HTML web browser, can get access to the live stream video ” , he said