Mobile UAS Command Centre Developed for Emergency Responders

By Mike Ball / 14 Mar 2019
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Mobile Emergency Response Center – Unmanned Aerial System Carrier

Comprehensive Communication Services (CCS), a developer of mobile communication platforms for First Responders, and Fortress UAV, a provider of managed drone services, have announced that the two firms have partnered to provide a fully comprehensive Mobile Emergency Response Center – Unmanned Aerial System Carrier (MERC-UASC) solution.

This solution from CCS and Fortress UAV is extremely adaptable and can be applied to numerous use-cases including but not limited to: communications for emergency response, event monitoring and inspections, and enterprise drone solutions.

The CCS MERC-UASC solution united with drone technology provides communication and data from the sky. Designed to allow a UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) operator to pilot their craft in an environmentally-controlled space while maintaining line of sight through transparent plexiglass walls, the trailer provides storage, maintenance and flight space for multiple drone models including a tethered drone system.

Live weather information and email and text alerts can be obtained from a high-precision 5-in-1 wireless weather sensor with the ability to accurately measure temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction and rain. The unit is equipped with an on-board dual sim LTE router and a roof mounted auto-acquire satellite system that provides network connectivity for video streaming from anywhere in the world.

The MERC-UASC is small, light-weight, can be bumper pulled (single or double-axle trailer) or placed on the chassis of a 4-wheel drive vehicle for more off-road type missions.

“CCS has been providing mobile command center vehicles and trailers since 2007 with our units deployed in over 14 countries. This new Unmanned Aerial System Carrier is a natural extension of our product line allowing CCS and Fortress customers the ability to have a mobile climate-controlled base station to operate their UAS fleet even in the most remote areas while still having the network connectivity to communicate with other locations and stream these video feeds back live,” stated Gary Collins, CEO of CCS.

CCS’s MERC-UASC solution combined with Fortress UAV’s drone managed services provide a fully comprehensive solution. Fortress UAV’s services include:

  • Initial planning, sourcing and set-up of all assets
  • Program management throughout all phases (including deployment of solution)
  • Storage of UASC-MERCs plus any required drones
  • Asset tracking during deployment
  • Delivery and/or recovery of MERC-UASCs and assets
  • Drone asset repair and maintenance, as required before and after deployment for flight-readiness
  • Pilot services, as required

“Our ability to provide quick and effective drone repair and maintenance combined with our extensive experience with logistics and sparing services allow us to provide a much larger drone management solution that is unique from all else available today,” stated Brendon Mills, CEO of Fortress UAV.

The mobile-command center armed with drone assets can provide crucial reinforcement, detailed analysis of a situation and an eye from the sky during a natural disaster, while performing monitoring services, and more. Each asset is properly stored, tracked, maintained and ready-to-go in a moment’s notice.

All solutions and assets can be fully customized to customers’ needs. Scope review and assessment can be performed to clarify all use cases and confirm needs.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact