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May

article-2514290-19AB692600000578-215_634x449The key to any successful search-and-rescue operation is knowing what you’re dealing with, but especially for complex and time-consuming missions, that can be challenging.

One possible solution: tiny flying robots that can canvas an area and return up-to-date information. Current “microbots” tend to run out of energy quickly, but scientists are close to overcoming that limitation.

The idea of search and rescue robots emerged at the beginning of the 1980s. Nevertheless, until the 1990s there weren’t any real development in this field. Although robots are not widely used in actual search and rescue situations at the moment the development in this field seems quite promising.

At the first moment things can seem pretty straightforward – we need robots that could penetrate rubble piles and find people beneath them. Although this task itself is quite daunting, search and rescue is much wider than that. There are many possible situations and different tasks that could be done by robots.

rescue robots are not used by rescue teams on USAR sites yet. This is because of the general suspicion and insufficiently advanced technologies. At the moment a team of at least 2-3 people is needed to operate a rescue robot.

However, robots have been used in different disasters by research institutions with varying success. Inuktun and Foster-Miller robots have been used in 9/11 where they operated fairly successfully managing to locate approximately 10 sets of remains. Also UAV’s were used and tested at numerous hurricanes by research institutions.

There are two main research institutions in this field I am aware about – the CRASAR that stands for “center for robot assisted search and rescue” and the International Rescue System Institute. The first one is based in USA and the second in Japan.

If you are interested in this field or you believe you can support these efforts somehow it is possible to contact the scientists. To read more click here.

The 2016 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference (ANZSAR); Land, Sea & Air will be held at the Jupiters Gold Coast on the 1 June 2016.

CLICK HERE to view the Conference Program with an impressive line up of keynote speakers and targeted forums it makes this the premier conference to attend in the Oceania region.

To register for the conference CLICK HERE.

 



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