Austrian Red Cross adds Land Rover Discovery control centre to its fleet
Jaguar Land Rover
Land Rover has created a life-saving Discovery mobile command centre for the Austrian Red Cross disaster response team.
The 18-month collaboration between Special Vehicle Operations
and the Red Cross focused on designing a mobile nerve centre equipped with the
latest communication technology.
The Discovery is fitted with four radio antennae, 360-degree
lighting and a carbon fibre load space. In the roof is an advanced eight-rotor
drone fitted with a long-range thermal imaging camera, which relays live
footage straight to a touchscreen display in the vehicle and allows responders
to obtain precise co-ordinates.
Michael van der Sande, Managing Director of Jaguar Land
Rover Special Operations, said the relationship with the Red Cross goes beyond
vehicles and helping to save lives in disaster zones. He added:
“Over the past 18 months our engineers, have worked closely
with the emergency response team at the Austrian Red Cross, deploying Land
Rover’s technology and talent to create a unique solution to the requirements
of the Red Cross in the region.”
Dr Jemilah Mahmood, Under Secretary General for Partnerships
for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said
the organisation is proud to be working with Land Rover to build resilience in
communities around the world in the face of natural disasters. He added:
“The Discovery Emergency Response Vehicle is yet another
result of our strong global partnership that brings together the best expertise
of the Red Cross and Land Rover in one unique vehicle, which will make a
difference in rescue operations in the harshest conditions.”
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