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Drones World Editor Kartikeya in conversation with Mr. Mats Sällström – CEO – EverDrone

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Drones World Editor Kartikeya in conversation with Mr. Mats Sällström CEO – EverDrone

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My interest in drones started as a personal fascination with technology. Coming from a background in project management, marketing and business development I had experience from working with companies such as Volvo Cars, Electrolux and LEGO. Over time, I developed a genuine interest in creating something that was directly beneficial for society and by chance my paths crossed with a group of people who was just starting up Everdrone. This was back in 2017. What really drives me is the potential to use this technology for something truly impactful – saving lives. Everdrone isn’t just another business for me; it’s about making a tangible difference by creating a safer society. Furthermore, flying robots that saves lives also represents a very exciting vision for society with a sci-fi feeling to it. This is 2023, we should already be having this!”

What are the various products/Services that Ever Drone has in offer currently?

“At Everdrone, we’re focused on using drones to improve emergency services. Our main offerings include delivering medical supplies quickly, like AEDs, and providing a real-time view of emergency scenes to the dispatch center and responders on the ground. We’re not selling drones; we’re providing a full-service solution to make emergency responses more effective.”

What are the challenges in Implementing & Promoting Drones as First Responders?  How do you plan to overcome them?

“Integrating drones into emergency services is a complex challenge. It’s not just about the technology; it’s about fitting into existing emergency protocols, navigating regulatory requirements, and ensuring absolute reliability. We’re tackling these challenges by constantly innovating and working closely with regulatory authorities and our strategic partners such as Region Västra Götaland (vgregion.se), Air ambulance KSS (aakss.org.uk) and the Rescue Services in Copenhagen (hbr.dk).”

Who will be your targeted customers –Commercial/Defense Drone Market? Which are the regions you are focusing on more to increase sales in future?

 “Everdrone exclusively work with civilian customers. We primarily serve healthcare institutions, government bodies, and emergency service organization. While we started in Sweden, we’re now expanding our reach to other countries, including Denmark, the UK, and France. Our aim is to make our life-saving drone technology globally accessible.”

What are the challenges and opportunities you see in BVLOS Operations?

“BVLOS is a basic requirement for our operations but certainly come with its own set of challenges, particularly in safely sharing airspace and maintaining reliable communication. We aim to combine the latest in drone regulations with more traditional and established procedures in the aviation landscape. Currently our BVLOS operations are enabled primarily through coordination with local ATC. However, to make our service truly scalable we are pursuing several alternative roadmaps to manage air risk that will allow us access to more airspace – U-space being one of these roadmaps.”

What is your biggest USP that differentiates the company from competitors?

“Our tagline, ‘When time is life,’ perfectly encapsulates our USP. At Everdrone, we recognize that in emergency situations, every second counts. Our drones are designed for precision in delivering life-saving medical supplies and providing crucial situational awareness. Rapid response capability is a vital component of our service. Next to safety, each design decision we make is linked to the overall purpose of saving time. By saving time we empower blue light-organizations to use their recourses smarter, keep their personnel safe and ultimately save more lives.

Additionally, what truly sets us apart is our deep understanding of integrating drones with emergency response. We don’t just provide a product; we ensure deep operational integration with emergency services. Our commitment is to work closely with our customers, understanding their needs and challenges, and tailoring our technology to seamlessly fit into their response protocols. This approach is not just about deploying advanced technology; it’s about creating a synergistic relationship where our drones become an integral part of the emergency response ecosystem.”

What is the most unrevealed thing about Ever Drone that we would not find on your

“Something people might not know about Everdrone is our deep involvement in research and development. We work closely with medical and technical experts to ensure our solutions are not just innovative but also clinically relevant and effective in real-world scenarios. The most recent result of this is that our system has been validated through an article published in Lancet Digital Health (https://www.thelancet.com/journals/landig/article/PIIS2589-7500(23)00161-9/fulltext).”

Moving ahead by 2-3 years, what are your expansion plans focusing on the Drones as a First Responders?

 “In the next few years, we’re excited to increase our capacity and improve our technology. Our new E2 drone (https://everdrone.com/news/2023/10/24/e2-drone-to-revolutionize-emergency-response/) is a big part of this plan. It’s not just about expanding geographically; we’re aiming to transform how emergency response is conducted with our technology targeting both emergency care, fire and rescue services and law enforcement. From being focused on the very specific concept of delivering defibrillators (AEDs) by drone, starting in 2024 we are offering a much more generic emergency response capability. With the E2 platform fully deployed, and through strategic partnerships with emergency response clients, we are working towards operational excellence. For the time being we are the only company in the world performing drone as first responder services with a medical focus in urban areas but looking ahead there will certainly be competition. To maintain our pole position, we will continue to excel in technical and operational integration with emergency dispatch, produce scientific evidence and develop the most relevant AI tools for our customers.”

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