Parrot and AIRT: Manufacturer Partners with Public Safety Non-Profit

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French manufacturer Parrot is working quickly to introduce the ANAFI USA to the public safety and law enforcement sector.  Parrot and AIRT, the Miami-based public safety non-profit, announced a partnership that will help put Parrot’s new public safety solution to the test.

“Parrot, a leading European drone group, is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Miami, Florida-based Airborne International Response Team (AIRT), the leading 501(c)3 non-profit organization supporting Drones For Good™ and the official home of DRONERESPONDERS, the world’s fastest-growing program supporting the use of UAS by public safety and emergency services organizations across the U.S. and around the globe,” says the announcement.

AIRT is focused on disaster response and humanitarian drone missions – and they accomplish their goals by forming solid relationships with law enforcement and government response teams, training with them in advance of a disaster and moving fast to be an integrated part of the official response when a disaster occurs.  AIRT already uses the Parrot ANAFI Thermal: they’ve put Parrot company Pix4D‘s real time mapping product, Pix4dreact, to the test in the field.  The new ANAFI USA, with greater wind and weather resistance, should be a valuable addition in responding to 2020’s hurricane season.

“Parrot will support the disaster response and humanitarian missions of AIRT and the public safety testing conducted by DRONERESPONDERS with donations of both financial support as well as Parrot’s most advanced drone technology. Available in August 2020, the Parrot ANAFI USA futures an industry-first 32x zoom, 4K HDR video and thermal imaging capabilities. ANAFI USA is an ultraportable, secure and durable aerial camera platform,” says the announcement.

The partnership will help AIRT’s and DRONERESPONDERS’ humanitarian and training missions, which have helped to expand the use of drone technology in public safety organizations around the world through training and collaboration.  But the partnership will also help put the ANAFI USA to the test in the field, giving the new product great exposure to their target market.

“We are excited to team up with Parrot to explore how their latest drone technology can help emergency response professionals prepare for, respond to, and recover from complex incidents,” said Christopher Todd, Executive Director of AIRT. “We truly appreciate their support and dedication to our non-profit mission.”

“We’ll be coordinating extensive testing with members of both AIRT and the DRONERESPONDERS program to fully assess the ANAFI USA’s capabilities for both disaster response and public safety missions,” Todd said.

“Our partnership with AIRT and DRONERESPONDERS allows Parrot to collaborate directly with first responders using drone technology to make a positive impact within their communities,” said Chris Roberts, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for Parrot.  “We are excited to get the ANAFI USA deployed into real-world response missions to help save lives and property.”

Chief Charles Werner (ret.), Director of the DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Alliance, agrees.  “Our research shows that America’s first responders are seeking drones that are easy to use, offer a robust set of features, and maintain incredibly strong cyber-security protocols – and all at a reasonable price point. The Parrot ANAFI USA appears to check all those boxes. We look forward to testing the aircraft on behalf of the public safety UAS community.”


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