The SkyObserver project focuses on the development of a concept for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in identifying and predicting possible dangers on the ground. Where dangerous situations occur, for example the uncontrolled release of liquid or gaseous toxic substances, it is imperative that detection is reliable and quick so that possible effects can be predicted. It is also important that people fleeing from the danger and already exposed to the toxic substances are found as quickly as possible.
The aim of SkyObserver is therefore to research new methods for detecting dangerous or harmful situations more quickly and comprehensively and hence to reduce the danger to operational forces while at the same time cutting costs. The main tasks in the SkyObserver project were to measure the toxic substances, provide an overview of the situation and detect people using unmanned aerial vehicles.
A swarm of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) equipped with toxic substance sensors is used for measurement of toxic substances. The vehicles fly autonomously to the area affected and transmit the measured toxic substance concentration to the ground station. The UAVs also give the operational forces an overview of the situation as a whole. To enable the operational forces to help those affected as quickly as possible, the UAVs compute person detection.
Maier, J., & Humenberger, M. (2013). Movement Detection Based on Dense Optical Flow for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, 10(2), 146. https://doi.org/10.5772/52764
Mag. Christian Reumann, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
Project- or Cooperation partner:
Aerospy Sense & Avoid Technology GmbH
ZAMG - Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik
Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Institut für Design und Regelung mechatronischer Systeme
SG concepts gmbh
Bundesministerium für Landesverteidigung und Sport
market Marktforschungs-Ges.m.b.H. & Co.KG
NOVOTECH Elektronik GmbH
Landes-Feuerwehrverband Oö., Zentralleitung des Katastrophenschutzes der Oö. Landesregierung
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
Safety & Security Department
Dr. Kristian Ambrosch
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