New Red Cross re­sponse ve­hi­cle

NZ4WD - - NEWS -

A unique life­sav­ing Land Rover Dis­cov­ery has just en­tered ac­tive ser­vice with Aus­tria’s Red Cross emer­gency re­sponse fleet. The be­spoke Dis­cov­ery will pro­vide eyes in the sky with a spe­cial drone and go-any­where wheels on the ground, as an emer­gency mo­bile com­mand cen­tre with the Red Cross dis­as­ter re­sponse teams. De­vel­oped from the orig­i­nal Project Hero con­cept car the Red Cross Dis­cov­ery is the re­sult of an 18- month col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Land Rover Spe­cial Ve­hi­cle Op­er­a­tions and the Aus­trian Red Cross. The spe­cially de­signed and en­gi­neered Dis­cov­ery has the lat­est com­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment, in­clud­ing an ad­vanced eight- ro­tor drone. A long- range ther­mal imag­ing cam­era fit ted to the drone is ca­pa­ble of spot­ting a per­son from 440m and can iden­tify a ve­hi­cle at al­most 1,000m. The op­er­a­tor can also track ob­jects found us­ing the drone sim­ply by tap­ping the item on the slide- out main com­puter touch­screens video feed and ob­tain pre­cise co- or­di­nates – cru­cial when di­rect­ing res­cue ef­forts. The Dis­cov­ery will op­er­ate as a mo­bile nerve cen­tre for dis­as­ter emer­gen­cies from which Red Cross ex­perts can di­rect res­cue op­er­a­tions. Be­spoke fea­tures in­clude four ra­dio an­ten­nae, 360- de­gree light­ing and a unique in­te­grated car­bon fi­bre load space Com­mand Cen­tre, en­abling Red Cross op­er­a­tives to co- or­di­nate emer­gency re­sponses as soon as they reach the scene of an emer­gency, day or night. Based on a 190kW 3.0- litre TD6 Land Rover Dis­cov­ery, it al­lows emer­gency crews to reach re­mote dis­as­ter zones quickly in all con­di­tions, then pro­vide in­stant up­dates to im­prove re­sponse times and co- or­di­nate emer­gency plan­ning. Land Rover’s close re­la­tion­ship with the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Red Cross and Red Cres­cent So­ci­eties ( IFRC) be­gan with the do­na­tion of a ve­hi­cle to be used as a mo­bile dis­pen­sary in the deserts of Dubai in 1954. Since then, Land Rover has do­nated more than 120 ve­hi­cles to the IFRC, help­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion im­prove the lives of vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties across the globe.

Hi-tech Disco spec in­cludes on-board drone.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.