Call For Project

Remotely Operated Radio

How might we communicate locally by Air- and Marine VHF voice radio from a remote drone over an internet connection?

by Fredrik Falkman, SSRS

Subject Operations, Rescue, Search, Support
Status Ongoing
Owner Type Rescue organizations

A Search and Rescue drone like the one described in the providence project would be remotely controlled by a central operator – via the internet, over one or more cell networks. It’s primary mission would be to stream video over the same link. Aside from this it would also be useful to be able to listen and talk to planes, helicopters and boats within radio range of the drone, typically on a number of channels on the Air- and Marine VHF band.

To my knowledge this system does not currently exist, and I’m therefore calling for a project to explore a solution.


  • Listen
  • Talk/Transmit
  • Chose channels
  • Scan multiple channels
  • Visual indication about receiving channel
  • Air- and Marine band VHF
  • Squelch function


  • The drone will have an internet connection via a cell network
  • A web- or app-based interface
  • Light weight (<100g ?) and small size
  • Waterproof
  • Low power consumption
  • Certifiable

Links of interest

Rohde & Schwarz R&S MR6000A air traffic control radio


Who is behind the project?

This is a project call from the Innovation office at Swedish Sea Rescue Society, SSRS. The SSRS is a non-profit organization that performs 70% of sea rescues in Sweden thanks to some 2000 volunteers . Our constitution says that we are to:

  • Further the interest in sea rescue matters
  • Propose ways to improve sea rescue
  • Perform sea rescue operations

The person proposing this project is me, Fredrik Falkman. I’m an industrial designer by training working for the SSRS with development projects and general innovation.


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