Born and Adapted to Protect the World’s Most At-Risk Patients

The technology behind Vital Intelligence was originally designed to help the world’s smallest patients: premature infants in neonatal intensive care units in the developing world. In countries without robust healthcare infrastructure or access to ample medical equipment, NICU administrators are often left to use a single heart rate sensor to monitor multiple infants.

For a normal set of patients, sharing a heart rate sensor might not be an issue. But for preterm infants fighting to stay alive, these sensors are life-or-death. Even when there are enough sensors to go around, a premature infant’s fragile skin is often damaged by the sensors.

Vital Intelligence’s core technology helped create a non-contact vitals monitoring system for NICU patients and other clinical environments so that the world’s most vulnerable patients can be monitored more easily and reliably.

Knowing this technology had more ways to help protect people around the world, Draganfly – the world’s most trusted drone hardware and software company – acquired Vital Intelligence during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The team got to work and developed a product that could monitor large groups of people from afar to detect symptoms and prevent the spread of infectious diseases and later expanded the product suite that’s available today.

Meet the Team Behind Vital Intelligence

Dr. Javaan Chahl

Professor Javaan Chahl is DST Group Joint Chair of Sensor Systems and has been with UniSA since 2012. Prior to

Dr. Ali Abdulelah Al-Naji

Dr Ali Al-Naji Adjunct Senior Lecturer School of Engineering Ali Abdulelah Al-Naji received the bachelor of Engineering in Medical Instrumentation

Dr. Asanka Perera

Dr. Asanka Perera is a postdoctoral researcher in Signal Processing. His research interests include Adaptive Filtering, 

Paul Mullen

Over the last 15 years, Paul has been responsible for operational strategy and execution with a scope

Dr. Javaan Chahl

Professor Javaan Chahl is DST Group Joint Chair of Sensor Systems and has been with UniSA since 2012. Prior to this, he served as the Professor of Aerospace (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) at RMIT University in Melbourne. Prior to this role, he was at the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group, with whom he still works closely. Professor Chahl earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience & Robotics at the Australian National University and has published more than 150 full-length articles that have been referenced by other researchers in his fields more than 3,000 times.

His research provides ample evidence of his breadth of research expertise including avionics for UAVs, operations analysis, flight trials, space exploration, neuroscience, anatomy, manufacturing technology, and behavioral biology. High points of his career have included working with NASA Ames developing Mars exploration technology and supporting his military colleagues with real-time technical advice during operations.

His current research interests are UAVs, biological vision systems, insect behavior, and aerospace technology. His research is multidisciplinary, collaborative, and encompasses both theory and application. As a Research Degree Supervisor, Professor Chahl is highly sought after as a supervisor and mentor and is responsible for a large and diverse group of graduate students. His graduated research students have gone on to attain senior academic and government research positions in Australia and overseas. He encourages collaboration, communication, and a focus on high-quality, high-impact research.

Dr. Ali Abdulelah Al-Naji

Dr Ali Al-Naji Adjunct Senior Lecturer School of Engineering Ali Abdulelah Al-Naji received the bachelor of Engineering in Medical Instrumentation Techniques from the Electrical Engineering Technical College, Middle Technical University, Baghdad, Iraq (2005), master of science in the Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University of Technology, Baghdad, Iraq (2008) and Ph.D. degree in the Electrical & Information Engineering, University of South Australia (UniSA), Australia (2018).

Ali is now a vice dean for scientific and students affairs in the Electrical Engineering Technical College, Middle Technical University. Ali is also with the School of Engineering, University of South Australia (Mawson Lakes, SA 5095, Australia) as an adjunct senior lecturer. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE (2017), Engineers Australia EA (2018) and the International Association of Engineers IAENG (2018). His research interests include biomedical instrumentation and sensors, computer vision systems, and microcontroller applications.

Dr. Asanka Perera

Dr. Asanka Perera is a postdoctoral researcher in Signal Processing. His research interests include Adaptive Filtering, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Action Recognition, Mechatronics and Robotics. He has a masters in Industrial Automation and a bachelors in Electrical and Electronics. For SP2, 2019, we delivered a brand new Mechatronics course (Autonomous Mechatronic Systems (EEET 4070) and Mechatronic System Design 2 (EEET 4075)). He is honoured to be a part of the course development and lecturing team. Mechatronics students get hands-on experience on mobile robotics, localization, path planning, obstacle avoidance, computer vision, machine learning, object detection using pre-trained models, simulation and student projects using model-based design.

Navroop Sehm

Navroop Sehmi is a technology leader with 15+ years of experience that has served multiple C-level roles. He is typically involved in the process from inception to acquisition with each of the many projects he has worked on and does it by bridging the gap between visionary yet actionable initiatives.
Navroop has led global teams to achieve creative technical solutions and drive revenue growth at multiple companies across the early-stage, growth and acquisition stages.
Go-to-market strategies and people-centric solutions are where Navroop brings proven ability and real value to the table, and in addition to all his many contributions to us and leadership and has currently completed his MBA from MIT.

Savin Vijay

Coming from an Engineering and Computer Science background, Savin brings in 11 years experience in Technology and business. An entrepreneurial spirit who has experience in leading teams all over the world and creating custom solutions. Constantly looking at machine learning and Artificial intelligence solutions in new products.
Savin brings vast software, product, mobile and cloud experience to the team. He has built scalable high traffic products in various verticals.

Paul Mullen

Over the last 15 years, Paul has been responsible for operational strategy and execution with a scope that includes product expansion, mergers and acquisition, organizational development, and go-to-market oversight for both enterprise-level and start-up organizations.

Paul brings a track record of building scalable, disruptive business units rooted in core values of collaboration, operational efficiency, customer experience, and innovation. Most recently, he was a founding member in a portfolio of emerging projects supporting the implementation of direct-to-consumer telehealth and pharmacy distribution programs in the U.S. and Canada. In a recent role, Paul played a key role in developing and executing an operational strategy that included satisfying licensing and regulatory requirements, acquisition and maintenance of capital assets, and user success in a two-sided market model.

This technology will enable real-time vital sign screening which has become a critical component in providing our clients with a comprehensive public safety solution,” said William Santana Li, Chairman and CEO of Knightscope. “We chose Draganfly’s because of their commitment to providing the best, most secure and accurate vital signs screening available.

We are incredibly excited to be partnering with Knightscope to deliver our Vital Intelligence technology within their autonomous security robots,” said Cameron Chell, President and CEO of Draganfly. “The combination of our technologies provides insights to help organizations reach a new level of public safety and security.
The 517 Group was looking for a solution to keep their hospitality and entertainment customers healthy and safe for employees and patrons,” said Cameron Chell, President and CEO of Draganfly. “We are honored to be selected to work with 517 to implement critical yet elegant solutions that are unobtrusive and effective for workplace health insights.

A COVID-19 outbreak is detrimental for the restaurant industry,” said Kori Langford, CEO of The 517 Group. “We want to ensure that our restaurants and the restaurants we work with, in addition to our employees and suppliers do not suffer economic loss as a result of having to close temporarily or permanently as a result of an outbreak. We feel confident that the technology solution that Draganfly will be providing will help provide the insights needed to take actions to ensure that we can keep business operational.
Health and safety have been at the forefront of our planning efforts and we have gone to great lengths to help provide a safe environment for our guests,” said Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company. “We are excited to work with Draganfly who has the scientific, engineering and operational expertise to do this.

Barrett-Jackson is a leader in the collector car auction industry, and we are so excited to be providing our Vital Intelligence and Varigard services as part of the Safely Opening Sites protocol helping ensure this incredible event is held safely,” said Cameron Chell, President and CEO of Draganfly.
Jails and prisons have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Portage County Sheriff’s department had a requirement to add another layer of ongoing, permanent health insights within their jail,” said Cameron Chell, President and CEO of Draganfly. “We appreciate their trust in Draganfly to help ensure that their institution can continue to operate as normally as possible using the Draganfly technology.
Talladega College is committed to maintaining a safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff. We conducted extensive research during the early stages of the pandemic and invested heavily in state-of-the-art health and safety equipment and materials recommended by trusted healthcare authorities. We have left no stone unturned in our effort to keep our campus community safe throughout the pandemic,” said Talladega College President Dr. Billy C. Hawkins. “The technology solution that Draganfly offers will enhance the extensive protocols we already have in place.

We are excited that Talladega College has chosen Draganfly’s Vital Intelligence to supplement their health protocols across their campus,” said Cameron Chell, President and CEO of Draganfly. “We look forward to working with their amazing leadership team and providing, in addition to assessment and distancing technology, real-time anonymous data as to the overall health of the campus which has previously not been available.
Draganfly will provide the perfect partnership in enabling our MODS units to have a thorough screening process by way of their Vita Intelligence Technology delivered by drones,” said TJ Dooley CEO and co-founder of Limitless Integrations. “The technology solution that Draganfly offers will enhance the ability for our clients across a multitude of industries to provide a safe experience.
The partnership we have developed with Draganfly in ensuring that the campus at Alabama State University remains safe for our faculty, staff and students is invaluable,” said Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr., President, ASU. “ASU was one of the first Universities in the country to recognize the benefit of partnering with Draganfly, and we have been able to take full advantage of the cutting-edge technology and services that the company offers to provide insights which prompt actions which keep our campus as safe as possible during this pandemic. Technology such as Draganfly’s Vital Intelligence and the Varigard sanitizer is a worthy investment and is a vital part of our overall campus safety protocols.

We are excited to deliver our upgraded Vital Assessment kiosks to Alabama State University and to deliver Draganfly’s patented drone technology of the Varigard one-of-a-kind, revolutionary organic sanitizer. This product has been a game-changer to enable the likes of Alabama State University, Barrett-Jackson Auto Auctions, and others to safely welcome the return of attendees to their events during the pandemic,” said Cameron Chell, President and CEO of Draganfly.
Draganfly’s Vital Intelligence products have been game-changers for universities, corrections facilities, sporting events and large-scale conferences over the course of the past 18 months,” said Cameron Chell, President and CEO of Draganfly. “We are excited to partner with Fobi on this critical platform that will help to ensure people can confidently attend conferences and events.

It is a difficult time for businesses. Our goal is to support them in their ability to comply with the health and safety protocols in place,” said Rob Anson, CEO of Fobi. “That’s why we are proud to have Draganfly as a partner. Their Vital Intelligence technology is helping us quickly and safely respond to changing market needs.
Our mission is to create a safer Franklin County. We are dedicated to serving the public by contributing to the quality of life and fostering a vibrant community for all individuals. Draganfly’s Smart Vital system allows us to add another layer of permanent health insight to our operations,” said A.J. “Tony” Smith, Sheriff of Franklin County.
We are committed to providing seamless and non-invasive solutions that allow organizations to host safe events and gatherings. Utilizing proprietary software built by Draganfly, the new Smart Vital Kiosk enables multi-dimensional screening of core vitals to provide real-time health insights in seconds,” said Paul Mullen, Chief Operating Officer at Draganfly.

Draganfly’s Vital Intelligence platform has been a game-changer for established brands such as the Drone Racing League, Alabama State University, Barrett-Jackson Auto Auctions and many more. Our new Smart Vital Kiosk is a massive step towards ensuring that people always feel safe and confident wherever they are,” said Cameron Chell, President and CEO of Draganfly.
Draganfly is thrilled to be working with Fobi to provide effective and sustainable solutions that solve access, data interoperability and automation problems across a number of industries including tourism and venue management,” said Cameron Chell, CEO of Draganfly. “The health insights delivered by our Vital Intelligence platform continue to be invaluable for universities, corrections facilities, sporting events and large-scale conferences.

Industry leaders are looking for ways to address the lack of interoperability and automation for access solutions. Draganfly’s Vital Intelligence technology makes it possible for our PassPro platform to provide a higher level of health insights for venues, tourism and other industries with verified credentials including vital signs, access privileges and so much more,” said Rob Anson, CEO of Fobi
We are thrilled to be joining Lufthansa Industry Solutions at Seatrade Cruise Global this year,” said Cameron Chell, President and CEO of Draganfly. “As more cruise lines prepare to resume operations, Draganfly’s AI Vital Intelligence platform and drone spray services can provide another layer of permanent health insight. The health insights provided by our Smart Vital system have been a game-changer for a number of established brands including Alabama State University, the Drone Racing League, and the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company.

Seatrade Cruise Global allows us to showcase high-quality solutions that are capable of advancing the growth, profitability and customer service of our clients,” said Klaus Vollmer, Vice President of Americas at Lufthansa Industry Solutions. “This year, we will be sharing a variety of innovations related to AI, data analytics, IoT as well as augmented reality. We invite everyone to come by booth #3800 to check out our solutions and those of our booth partners including Draganfly.
Our main focus is the health, well-being and safety of our students, staff and community,” said Dr. Marcia Smiley, Superintendent of Perry County Schools. “Draganfly’s Smart Vital Kiosks will help Perry County Schools provide the healthiest instructional environment possible.

Every student has the right to a safe learning environment. We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with Perry County Schools to uphold that commitment. Our Vital Intelligence platform adds another layer of health insight, which will help provide peace of mind inside and outside of the classroom,” said Cameron Chell, President and CEO of Draganfly.
Draganfly has a long and proud history of developing cutting-edge drone solutions, software, and AI systems that improve public wellbeing,” said Cameron Chell, President and CEO of Draganfly. “We look forward to working with Airworx, a leader in the field, and sharing how our DFR plus Vital Intelligence platforms can be used to help reduce response times, increase situational awareness and improve overall efficiency.

We are extremely grateful to have Draganfly as a Platinum Sponsor for this year’s event,” said Stephen Baxley, Founder and CEO of Airworx. “There are hundreds of tasks and scenarios where drone technologies can help public safety professionals reduce risk and enhance life-saving responses.
During active emergency, medical and disaster response situations, Draganfly has experienced firsthand how drone technologies can make the difference,” said Cameron Chell, President and CEO of Draganfly. “We look forward to showcasing how our advanced drone solutions and Vital Intelligence technology can help emergency crews reduce response times, improve situational awareness and increase overall efficiency.