French elite law enforcement team RAID adopts Elios, the collisiontolerant UAV designed for indoor flight. Developed by Swiss startup Flyability, Elios is successfully used by one of the most prestigious special law enforcement units in the world, the RAID (Research, Assistance, Intervention, Deterrence), to perform indoor reconnaissance and intelligence in the most complex enclosed spaces. The unique ability of Elios to tolerate collisions makes it ideal for deployment in critical urban scenarios such as hostage situations, isolated shooter, or even terrorist attacks inside buildings. In these contexts, the police forces use Elios as a remotely operated camera providing highdefinition and thermal images for performing reconnaissance and intelligence. To the benefit of the deployed troops, the drone allows significant time savings. Above all, it increases the security of the police officers by allowing them to identify hazards before entering an unknown zone. Elios offers efficient yet straightforward support in the most critical phases of an assault, such as climbing stairs or entering a new room. The Swiss company Flyability developed Elios which is used in the field by several special law enforcement units in Europe and the Middle East and notably the RAID, which was involved in all recent crises that affected France. After several months of use, the RAID qualified Elios as a groundbreaking and unparalleled product when it comes to indoor use. Patrick Thévoz, CEO of Flyability emphasizes: “The adoption of our product by the RAID materializes the mission of Flyability to send robots instead of humans in hazardous places and dangerous situations. We believe in the use of technology to reduce the exposure of humans to risks and in particular for homeland security professionals, firefighters, and first responders operating in confined spaces. This mission is our priority, and we look forward to continuing to develop the technologies of the future for this purpose. ” About Flyability Flyability is a Swiss company building safe drones for inaccessible places.
By allowing drones to be used safely inside cities, inside buildings, and in contact with people, it enables new interactions and services with UAVs. With Elios, Flyability solves the two most critical issues of one of the fastest growing industries: collision and injury risks. The company’s first market is in industrial inspection where it avoids sending people in dangerous and confined spaces for the inspection of Power Generation, Oil & Gas, Mining, Chemical, or Maritime infrastructures. It is also active in Search & Rescue and Security to assess emergency situations without putting humans at risk. Flyability is the winner of the 1M USD Drones for Good Award and over 15 other technology and business prizes.
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