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How Rijkswaterstaat uses drones during incidents

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Client

Rijkswaterstaat (Department of Waterways and Public Works)

Branch

Governmental organization

Location

The Netherlands

Purpose

Drone operation

About

Rijkswaterstaat is a Dutch governmental agency responsible for the management and maintenance of the major infrastructure and waterways in the Netherlands. It operates under the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. Rijkswaterstaat's primary goal is to ensure the safety, accessibility, and sustainability of the country's infrastructure, including roads, waterways, and various civil engineering projects.

The challenge

Before Rijkswaterstaat used AirHub, they tracked all their flights in Excel sheets. Not only was this a time-consuming task, but it was also less accurate. Now, Rijkswaterstaat’s primary use of the AirHub software is to stay compliant. According to Huib Kling, RPAS Systems Manager at Rijkswaterstaat, the software makes it very easy to log flights. “With just a few simple clicks, you can have all your external data, such as location, logged. After that, it’s just a matter of adjusting a few settings to finalize it.”

The drone team keeps track of their flight data properly; however, it’s not always logged in advance. As any first responder would know, when an incident occurs, it’s most important to get the drone in the air as soon as possible. There isn’t always time to set everything up properly. Once things have settled down, it only takes a few seconds to log the flight. This was done in between flights, or after.

With just a few simple clicks, you can have all your external data, such as location, logged. After that, it’s just a matter of adjusting a few settings to finalize it.

Huib Kling, RPAS Systems Manager at Rijkswaterstaat

SAMIJ

On the 28th of June 2023, the Rijkswaterstaat drone team participated in SAMIJ 2023, an impressive training event showcasing their expertise and cross-collaboration with other first responder drone teams. AirHub was at the forefront of this initiative by joining Rijkswaterstaat’s drone team. We wanted to gain an even deeper understanding of how first responders collaborate and learn about our customers’ workflows. 

Various scenarios were simulated, and it was the responsibility of the drone teams to identify the incidents and report them to the on-site teams so they could respond accordingly. There was a fire, injured people who needed help, drowning people, and much more. Everything could be easily spotted using the livestream. 

This training once again showed the benefits drones bring to an organization such as Rijkswaterstaat, and any other first responders. 

Benefits

The main benefits Rijkswaterstaat experiences are definitely the ease and completeness that our software brings. Soon, they will also implement our training environment to enhance their experience even further.