Leonardo and Olmedo Join Forces for the Development of the First Medical Aid of the Future

  • The collaboration agreement aims to create a joint research team that will bring together Leonardo’s experience in helicopter rescue with Olmedo’s experience in road vehicles
  • Concrete examples of the collaboration will mainly concern an interface standardisation, both virtual and physical, between an ambulance and a helicopter
  • The partnership will allow Olmedo to create a “Fly Division” within its own group. It will be completely dedicated to product design and technology for air ambulances

Leonardo, one of the top ten companies in the world in Aerospace, Defense and Security and one of the leading players in the helicopter field, and Olmedo, a leading European company for the transformation and preparation of vehicles for healthcare use, have announced the signing of a collaboration agreement aimed at the development of technologies and equipment for rotary-wing and motor vehicles globally that conduct rescue missions. The aim of the agreement is to improve the times and effectiveness of emergency medical interventions carried out in a joint mode through the use of helicopter and ambulances in a seamless environment.

The agreement between Leonardo and Olmedo sees a collaborative approach that will prioritise the creation of an R&D structure comprising of a joint research team. The research team will consider the development and prototyping of new components and universal solutions which will be designed for contemporary and specialist use on both helicopters and ambulances. In addition to data sharing platforms which will enable the real-time interface of the patient’s vital signs during the rescue mission: from the place of intervention to the hospital and during transfers.

The project will create important synergies – thanks to Leonardo’s historical expertise in the field of air ambulance development (EMS – Emergency Medical Services) and in relation to helicopters for Search and Rescue (SAR) missions in the global and maritime environment, and thanks to the experience of the medical “Ambulance Division” of the Olmedo Group, leader in the sector since 1951 with its wide range and exclusive production.

The partnership’s foundations were built at the international REMOTE helicopter rescue meeting, held in December 2018 at Leonardo’s Helicopter Division plant in Vergiate. The evolution of the agreement will allow Olmedo to work on the creation, within its own group, of a new division: a “Fly Division”, which will be completely dedicated to the design of increasingly efficient products and technologies for air ambulances – a segment of the sector in which Leonardo has a fleet of more than nearly 700 helicopters for operational rescue all over the world.

Olmedo’s experience in the automotive field and Leonardo’s helicopter experience come together to inaugurate a new era of EMS which will guarantee the constant enhancement of products and technologies for the community.

The agreement is also being presented at the Montichiari Emergency Show (4-5-6 October 2019) in Italy, including the unveiling of a special EMS-configured AW169 mockup in EMS configuration, a first example of an integrated helicopter/ambulance capability developed by the partners.

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