Rega rescue drone will autonomously search for missing persons - architecture and design

Rega rescue drone will autonomously search for missing persons



Swiss air rescue service Rega has a new tool in the search for missing persons ? a drone that can autonomously scan large areas and identify potential targets.
The heat-seeking drone is designed to help its human rescue teams find people who are lost, injured or ill in the mountains of Switzerland and Lichtenstein, where Rega operates.
Swiss air rescue service is trialling the drone
The small drone is equipped with infrared and daylight cameras, as well as a mobile phone tracking function, which can spot a phone within an uninhabited area from hundreds of metres away ? and therefore usually its owner.
Meanwhile, software developed together with university ETH Zurich transfers the pixel pattern of collected images and relays information on any presumed humans back to the operator on the ground. The software incorporates a machine-learning algorithm, so it will become more accurate over time. Rega, a private non-profit company, developed the drone after failing to find a suitable solution already on the market.
The drone uses heat-seeking technology to find people
In particular, the company required a device that could cover great distances and run for hours beyond the sightline of a human operator.
"We took the initiative and decided to develop a Rega drone ourselves in collaboration with suitable partners," said Rega head of helicopter operations Sascha Hardegger, who led the project.
"We observed the development of drone technology from an early stage and we...
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