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Customer story

Integration of the drone into the day-to-day work of the plant fire department

With 3,500 employees and 13 production sites worldwide, Röhm is one of the leading chemical companies. The plant fire department based at the Worms site decided to use drones in 2016.

The integration of drones into Röhm's work processes has given rise to new challenges. Not only is the process for issuing an operating permit complex, but the creation of a mandatory operating description is also extensive and requires in-depth knowledge of drone and aviation law.

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The goal

The Röhm plant fire department would like to have the drone ready for use at all times, for example to quickly assess the situation in the event of a fire. They also want to be able to easily inspect buildings and the like with the drone instead of having to do this manually. The result: time savings and therefore greater effectiveness.

The drone squadron is to be expanded and kept up to date with the latest technology, and more firefighters are to be trained as drone pilots.

If someone tries to enter the chemical company's premises without authorization, sensors detect this. One of the plant fire department's aims is for the drone to fly there automatically and quickly investigate the situation. Similar to a vehicle, but completely autonomous.

The specifications require an operating license for the Worms and Weiterstadt sites.

The implementation

Droniq has obtained the necessary operating license for the entire premises of the Röhm sites in Worms and Weiterstadt. Initially, it will only allow drone flights to be carried out within the pilot's visual line of sight (VLOS). Parallel to the introduction of approved drone operations, Röhm and Droniq are working on an application for a permit to conduct flights outside the visual range of the remote pilot (BVLOS).

In addition, over 40 drone pilots were trained and tested by Droniq.

Our contribution

Droniq's task was to draw up an operational description and provide full support in applying for an operating license from the relevant aviation authority. The training of the plant firefighters as drone pilots was just as much a part of this as the consultation and integration of the desired drones.

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