Innovation Brief | Lightweight, Low Cost, and Scalable Autonomous Search and Rescue System

Innovation Brief | Lightweight, Low Cost, and Scalable Autonomous Search and Rescue System

Abstract

This project was developed and created to make a search and rescue system that is simple, low cost, and scalable that can be used to help locate missing persons faster than currently available, as well as by risking less human lives as with the current search methods. In order to accomplish this, first the current methods of search and rescue had to be evaluated. Current methods are almost completely reliant on human interaction, which adds human error as the number 1 problem with speed and accuracy. Being able to replace the human error aspect needed to be the highest priority, and second to that the accuracy and efficiency as time is key when it comes to finding missing persons. Now that we had the main two areas in which to focus on, the project could continue onto starting to design and create the system as a whole, and begin testing the hardware and software as those stages in development were accomplished. The outcome of this project, once it is completed with full functioning prototypes will a complete system encompassing several individual innovations. The system will include both ground and aerial units, scalable mesh networking, proprietary computer vision algorithms running thermal image frames, and proprietary search algorithms allowing the units to efficiently search a pre-determined location using GPS coordinates.

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