When disaster strikes it is a race against time. Better information is needed to help rescuers save lives. This is the need that RescUAV was created to meet.

GlobalMedic’s RescUAV project is using innovation to solve this problem. Through UAV technology, we gather better information and we do it faster. It is used to make aid delivery more efficient, by providing:

Community members watch as GM's Aeryon SkyRanger prepares for flight.


Providing aerial imagery of disaster affected buildings, using thermal imagery to locate survivors, and using Ground Penetrating Radar technology to scan collapsed buildings and detect signs of human life beneath the rubble.

This response allows rescue teams to work faster and more effectively to save lives.


Relaying information in real-time to responders on the ground to identify hazards, damaged infrastructure, and access issues to reaching communities in need. This allows responders to deliver aid as quickly as possible to those who are in the greatest need.


Producing detailed 3-D maps in real-time to provide invaluable data in both emergency and non-emergency settings. This precise data can tell us exactly what roads are inaccessible, how agriculture has been affected, and how to start rebuilding communities.

Aerial view of St-Marteen Island, devastated by hurricane Irma

A significant benefit of creating our maps using UAV imagery is the potential for generating 3D dimensional models that can be used to extract a wide range of other useful data.  Volumetric measurements of debris is a great example, as well as being able to assess structural shifting and alignment of buildings relative to the ground plane.

        AID DELIVERY        

Roads and footpaths are often blocked or destroyed for long periods of time following a disaster like an earthquake or major storm. Getting critical medical supplies, for example, into regions that are cut-off by all standard means can be a major problem. UAV’s provide a possible solution to save lives in those areas. Over time we hope to explore the potential of using UAV technology to deliver high value-to-weight ratio aid such as vaccines and other life-saving medical supplies to disaster affected areas.

All of the RescUAV services are provided free of charge to the beneficiaries. We also make all of our data – all our images, orthomosaics, analysis, etc – freely available to the humanitarian sector. This “open source” sharing of our data products means that we maximize the benefit of all the work we do.


RescUAV forms technology partnerships with innovative companies and organizations that are interested in being on the front lines of humanitarian aid. We welcome the opportunity to work with industry leaders such as Aeryon Labs and Pix4D to help save lives, and we provide a proving ground and generate exposure and case-studies that just cannot be found anywhere else. If your organization is interested in getting involved with RescUAV please email us to discuss.




October 1, 2018 – Indonesia: Earthquake & Tsunami Response 2018

GlobalMedic volunteers are back in today packing Family Emergency Kits that will be sent to Indonesia following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that occurred over the weekend…

June 10, 2018 Guatemala: Volcano Response 2018

GlobalMedic’s RescUAV Team worked tirelessly to provide 1,400 hectares of emergency maps of areas affected by the eruption of the Fuego Volcano….

October 20, 2017 Caribbean Hurricane Response – Dominica

Footage from the RescUAV team working in Dominica showing the effects of Hurricane Maria on the capital city Roseau.

Sept 17, 2017 Caribbean Hurricane Response – UAV footage in Barbuda

Footage from the Aerovision team Barbuda. Taken during our damage assessment mapping flights.

Sept 14, 2017 Waterloo Record Story on Our Caribbean Hurricane Response

The Waterloo Record story on our team at work in Saint Maarten responding to Hurricane Irma

May 31, 2017 – Aeryon Labs Case Study on RescUAV work in Colombia

Aeryon Labs has created a case-study to highlight the joint work we did in Mocoa, Colombia after the landslides there.

May 19, 2017 – Pix4D Case Study on RescUAV work in Colombia

Pix4D provided photogrammetry software to support our Response in Colombia and created a case-study to highlight the work we did there.

April 21, 2017 Colombia Landslide Response

GlobalMedic’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) pilots have spent the past two weeks collecting aerial imagery in landslide affected communities. In all, the…

April 17, 2017 Colombia: Landslide Response

GlobalMedic’s RescUAV Team has been flying day and night to support the overall landslide response in Mocoa, Colombia. They have been primarily tasked wi…

April 11, 2017 Colombia: Landslide Response

Yesterday, the RescUAV Team flew from Bogota to Mocoa, Colombia to access the landslide affected areas…

April 7, 2017 Colombia: Landslide Response

GlobalMedic’s RescUAV Team is being deployed to Colombia to help support rescuers as they continue to search for survivors in Mocoa. The team will be carrying…

April 1, 2017: CANADA – Google Impact Challenge

The Impact Challenge is over, and while we did not secure one of the top prize grants, we did get an amazing $250K grant for our RescUAV Program…

March 28, 2017: CANADA – Google Impact Challenge

Final days of the voting for the 2017 Impact Challenge….

March 23, 2017: CANADA – Google Impact Challenge

Global TV in Vancouver did a story on ur RescUAV program as a top-ten finalist in the Google Impact Challenge…

March 13, 2017: CANADA – Google Impact Challenge

Our RescUAV program is a top-ten finalist in the Google Impact Challenge, with a chance to win a $750,000 grant to help save lives around the world.

March 6, 2017: CANADA – Google Impact Challenge

Our RescUAV program is a top-ten finalist in the Google Impact Challenge, with a chance to win a $750,000 grant to help save lives around the world.

MAY 2, 2016 – Toronto Star covers the RescUAV Response in Ecuador

The Toronto Star covers our UAV deployment to Ecuador