Smart boots, fusion engine and aerial assets for enhanced situational awareness and safety in search & rescue operations

Harris Georgiou, Alexis Vlachopoulos, Aspasia Tzeletopoulou*, Georgios Diles, Eva Jaho, Anaxagoras Fotopoulos, Angelos Chatzimichail, Anastasios Karakostas, Panayiota Demosthenous, Antonis Hadjiantonis, Henry Meissner, Thomas Kraft, Adrian Schischmanow, Gustav Tolt, Claudio Paliotta, N. Kerle, Maria Krommyda, Lazaros Karagiannidis, Constantinos Vassilakis, Angelos Amditis

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Innovative technologies can enhance operational capabilities of First Responders (FRs) during Search & Rescue (SAR) operations, while at the same time increasing safety levels. The INGENIOUS project1 (EU Horizon 2020) aims at developing, integrating, testing and validating a next generation SAR toolkit for collaborative response, which ensures high level of protection and augmented operational capacity in disaster  situations.  In  this  paper,  a  subset  of  components  of  the  toolkit  mostly  focused  on  increasing  situational awareness and safety are described: the Fusion Engine (FE), which receives data from multiple sources, stores and analyzes them for integration purposes regarding situational awareness and sends  them  to  the  Common  Operational  Picture  (COP)  as  well  as  the mobile FR terminals; the Smart  Boots (SB), which collect data of individual FRs and provide information regarding their health status and  alerts;  the  Modular  Airborne  Camera  System  (MACS);  the    Multi‐purpose  Autonomous  eXploring  (MAX) drone for indoor/outdoor mapping and assessment of unknown environments; and the Micro INdoor drones (MINs) used for FRs indoor localization. The functionalities of these components, as well as the first prototypes developed and currently under lab and field test, are presented in this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2020
EventSafeGreece 2020 - online
Duration: 14 Oct 202017 Oct 2020


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  • Search  and  Rescue
  • fusion  engine
  • smart boots
  • Unmanned  Aerial  Vehicle
  • UAV
  • Drone
  • first responder
  • tactical awareness

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