Drone First Responder (DFR)

Airworx is partnered with Intuitve Robotics to develop Drone as First Responder solutions that enhance officer safety, improve call response times/outcomes, and optimize budgets and resources. 

With two team members that work on active DFR programs with their respective agencies, we are your subject matter experts for all things DFR.  

If you’re considering a DFR program for your agency, let our team help you integrate this incredible technology into your operations today.




An Autonomous Solution

Intuitive Robotics autonomous LTE drone can be deployed with one click to a 911 call and provides first responders with a live, controllable video feed before they arrive. Its autonomous software controls and secure data management make implementing a DFR program easy and straightforward.

Drone as a First Responder (DFR)

Situational Awareness on 911 calls: A lack of information on 911 calls every day leaves first responders struggling to understand the situation they are responding to. An overhead drone allows them to use their training to gather critical intel and plan effectively before arrival.

A Force Multiplier: Departments around the country experience staffing shortages, making it difficult to respond to calls quickly, causing CAD queues to pile up. With a DFR program, departments can get eyes on calls and clear them more efficiently. One of Paladin’s customers clears anywhere from 15-35% of 911 calls on a given day with just one drone

Streamlined Call Response

1 - Receive 911 Call - Once a 911 call is received, the dispatcher immediately begins asking questions to assess the scene and gather as much useful information for first responders as possible. Simultaneously, they are relaying this information to them. Having a live stream allows trained first responders to look for helpful information like a subject’s location, level of danger, crowds, etc.

2 - Deploy UAS - When the call is answered, the caller’s location is sent to Intuitive Robotics DFR platform. Then, with one mouse click, an LTE-enabled drone automatically takes off and flies to the location, arriving in less than ~90 seconds.

3 - Gather Intel: The drone reaches the scene before first responders, giving them a live stream of the scene on any internet-connected device. The overwatch platform provides situational information to help first responders plan ahead. Control the drone’s flight and camera (zoom, thermal) all in one place with just a few clicks. There is no need for a remote controller or an onsite, trained pilot.

4 - Return to Home: Once the call has been cleared, simply click ‘RTH’ and the drone automatically flies back to its home base. As the drone lands, flight data is automatically uploaded to the cloud.

DFR Applications

  1. Police - DFR allows trained officers and dispatchers to analyze a situation and gather key intel before arriving, allowing them to provide emergency response more efficiently and effectively, making a dangerous job safer. Our simple solution mitigates some of the risks of human error, especially in chaotic situations.
  2. Fire - Leveraging a stable LTE connection, firefighters can gather valuable intel on a fire. With an overhead drone, they can see hot spots, assess structural integrity, locate civilians at risk, and determine potential points of entry, all before arriving. 
  3. Sheriffs & State Troopers: Sheriffs and State Troopers often cover large expanses of land. so the ability to deploy a drone to a scene in minutes is game-changing. Our technology allows agencies to teleoperate from one centrally located location, which makes gathering intel over a large expanse (county or state) entirely possible. For instance, a California State Trooper could control a drone stationed in San Bernardino from San Francisco.
  4. Security: University, campus security, and energy & utility companies also greatly benefit from our system. Campus security can have eyes on a developing situation in minutes, ensuring student and faculty safety. Energy and utility companies now have the ability to inspect any facility from anywhere in the world with an internet connection from one centralized location.