Updated Mar 29, 2019



Part of GlobalMedic

RescUAV is changing the way the world responds to disasters, using UAVs to gather better information that is used to make aid delivery more efficient by providing Search & Rescue support, Situational Awareness, Emergency Mapping and Aid Delivery.

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Adam Petricic

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Stage 6: Sustainable Scale

Recently, in 2017, RescUAV was selected as a top ten finalist for the Google.org Impact Challenge Canada.
GlobalMedic utilized UAVs to respond to the 2014 Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines, the 2014 Earthquake in Nepal, the 2016 Earthquake in Ecuador, the 2017 mudslides in Colombia, the Caribbean hurricane season of 2017 and the 2018 volcano in Guatemala. These responses have served as important case studies, guiding future responses for GlobalMedic and other humanitarian actors.

Registered in Canada.

Focus Areas:

Technology, Data/Analytics, Humanitarian Assistance and 4 MoreSEE ALL

Technology, Data/Analytics, Humanitarian Assistance, Data Collection/Needs Assessments, Response Technologies, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and GIS/MappingSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Sint Maarten and 5 MoreSEE ALL

Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Sint Maarten, Guatemala, Ecuador, Nepal, Philippines and ColombiaSEE LESS

Countries Implemented In

Innovation Description

When disaster strikes, better information is needed to help rescuers save lives. GlobalMedic’s RescUAV project is using innovation to provide this information. Through UAV technology, we gather better information that is used to make aid delivery more efficient, by providing: - Search & Rescue - Situational Awareness - Emergency Mapping - Aid Delivery RescUAV has responded in the Philippines in 2014, Nepal in 2015, Ecuador in 2016 and Columbia in 2017.

Competitive Advantage

When disaster strikes, communities are left in a state of utter chaos. Survivors need assistance to stay alive. There are countless barriers for rescuers reaching people in need. Information on the extent of the damage, locations of survivors and access routes can take days to surface. Survivors don’t have days to wait for assistance - they need help immediately. GlobalMedic has introduced the use of innovative UAV technology to bridge this crucial gap following disasters — providing better information to help improve humanitarian coordination and save lives. GlobalMedic’s RescUAV initiative works to improve disaster response in four critical ways: Search & Rescue - Capturing aerial imagery to locate survivors - Using thermal imagery to locate survivors - Operating Ground Penetrating Radar to locate survivors - Assessing structural damage and integrity Situational Awareness - Tracking population movements to direct aid deliveries - Planning access and evacuation routes - Identifying access barriers - Identifying immediate hazards Emergency Mapping - Creating comprehensive damage assessments of disaster zones - Surveying refugee camps to plan infrastructure and expansion - Helping communities plan the rebuilding process - Identifying hazards to reduce the impact of future disasters Aid Delivery - Delivering aid quickly to the hardest to reach communities - Delivering essential medications and other relief items - Delivering communication devices


Mar 2019
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Jun 2018
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Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda and Sint Maarten
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