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5G: Rescuing people with drones

5G for vulnerable groups: Rescuing people with drones

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This project aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the rescue operations of people through the application of new technologies. It intends to implement a more efficient and adjusted solution than the current one, thanks to the use of UAVs (Unmaned Aerial Vehicles), better known as drones, and the broad benefits of 5G technology.

There are alarming figures of disorientation of the elderly in rural or semi-rural areas. Shortening search and rescue times is essential since, if they are high, the risk of hypothermia, dehydration or even death is also increased.

Nowadays, the application of UAVs for emergency situations, rescue and land recognition has been proven to be highly beneficial. UAVs can help to speed up and ease the location and access to potential victims, something that is critical for rescue operations carried out by the Red Cross.

Many UAVs already provide streaming video, but some of them can also be equipped with other camera systems (thermal, night vision ...) very interesting for rescue and search work. The handicap that existed until now is that the existing technology did not allow to equip drones with these type of systems for streaming video.

Thanks to 5G technologies, drones will now be able to broadcast real-time and high-definition video, improve communication with the command and control center and among the different searching teams, share the data obtained from the operation and be managed in a more effective, integrated and coordinated way; and expand search and recognition features thanks to on-board systems. These on-board systems can also identify the heat sources, separating the one that corresponds to a human being from the one that does not, and generate a map with the areas that have already been explored away, improving search efficiency.

The developed solution will be tested in a simulation that will be carried out at the ATLAS Experimental Flight Center, in Villacarrillo (Jaén), during 2020.

The "5G: Rescuing people with drones" project is carried out within the framework of the 5G technology pilot project in Andalucia, promoted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, through Red.es and co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

More information about Vodafone 5G projects:. https://www.piloto5gandalucia.es/

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