Freeda Project: Drones to the rescue in the Mediterranean!

Hemav Foundation launched the Freeda project, a social innovation project to put drone technology at the service of Proactiva Open Arms lifeguards.

The war in Syria caused by the interests of the major powers in the arms and oil markets and the geostrategic dominance of the area, as well as other wars in Africa and the Middle East, have led to the massive migration of people to neighbouring countries and to Europe in search of a better life. Following the agreement between the European Union and Turkey in March 2016, new entry routes are have emerged across the Mediterranean Sea in a 300 kilometres km sea-crossing.

This long journey to Europe led some NGos like Proactiva Open Arms to take the necessary action, working day and night first in Greece and now in the Mediterranean to aid the migrant encountering distress at sea.

With the Freeda Project, Hemav Foundation intends to collaborate in this cause with state-of-the-art drones, capable of travelling long distances and sweeping to detect drifting ships. becoming another search tool with the aim of maintaining continuous control of the entire rescue area. It is aimed at detecting drifters that are not located by other means and at providing useful information to assist them as quickly and efficiently as possible.

The project aims to have a direct impact on rescues, obtaining a more than considerable reduction in the number of dead or missing people with respect to the figures provided by the UN Refugee Agency, which counts more than 16,000 deaths and millions of displacements in recent years.

Freeda is developed in collaboration with Proactiva Open Arms, to whom it is ultimately addressed, and it is the NGO itself that has specified the needs to be met, creating a project that is adapted, tailored and applicable to its work methodology.

 

 

The official presentation of HEMAV’s Foundation will take place on Tuesday 29th of May in the Old DAMM Factory in Barcelona.

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