Technological and Methodological Solutions for Integrated Wide Area Situation Awareness and Survivor Localisation to Support Search and Rescue Teams

The INACHUS Project is a 4-year R&D project aiming at achieving time reductions and increased efficiency in Urban Search and Rescue Operations. This will be achieved by providing the following:

  • Simulation tools for estimating the locations of survival spaces following a structural collapse and identifying the location of survivors for different construction types and building materials
  • Decision and planning modules for advanced casualty and damage estimation based on input coming from airborne and ground-based laser-scanning and imaging data
  • Integration of existing electromagnetic, vision, and chemical sensors for detection and high-accurate localisation, and mobile phones signals for estimating the number of the trapped humans
  • Snake robot mechanism integrated with the sensors, to penetrate inside the rubble to more accurately locate trapped victims
  • A robust, resilient and interoperable communication platform to ensure that the sensors data can reach the command center
  • Enhanced data analysis techniques and 3-D visualization tool of the mission place to be operated by the crisis managers and the decision makers.A suitable decision support system will be used for planning & managing complex USaR operations
  • System Integration of all the aforementioned software and hardware subcomponents to compose the INACHUS platform
  • Interaction with international organisations and public authorities in the fields of USaR, through an early defined and developed User Group, to ensure strong links with the user communities and standardisation bodies Consideration of societal impacts and legal/ethical issues of the proposed solution
  • Field and simulated tests for presenting the capabilities of the INACHUS integrated platform
  • Development of a training package for training of the First Responders to efficiently use the INACHUS platform.