Digitalized Search and Rescue

Reference number
Coordinator Linköpings universitet - Avdelningen för reglerteknik
Funding from Vinnova SEK 1 909 803
Project duration May 2018 - June 2019
Status Completed
Venture Framtidens drönare
Call Drönare för individer och samhälle

Purpose and goal

Recco is manufacturing a radar reflector that is found in tens of millions of outdoor gears, and a scanner to search for these reflectors, in particular in avalanches. The research group at LiU is specialised in autonomous systems and robust localization algorithms. Digital Search and Rescue (DSAR) is a collaboration with the aim to develop an autonomous drone with a new drone-borne scanner. The application scope of this combination is much wider than only avalanches, which opens up for new market segments for Recco. LiU has gained valuable knowledge in drone-based radio scanning.

Expected results and effects

Recco has developed a new antenna prototype for the radar scanner. New radio modules are under development and a prototype has been used for the demonstrations. Evaluations indicate that further development is needed to reach the performance goals. LiU has developed a drone platform prepared for autonomous DSAR operations with Recco scanner and other types of radio scanners, and closed the loop from the analogue scanner to on-board computer to a backend with visualisation frontends. LiU has also studied how Bluetooth transmitters can be found by using a standard smartphone o the drone.

Planned approach and implementation

Development of the analogue electronics for the new radar detector and the new drone platform was performed in parallel on Recco and LiU, respectively. LiU also developed methods to localise a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) device using a standard smartphone mounted on a consumer grade drone. In this way, practical tests and student projects could be performed early in the project, and the backend could be developed and tested. The final integration of the scanner and drone was done without any major hurdles and some tests could be done before the final demonstration.

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Last updated 15 February 2020

Reference number 2018-01762

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