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JRM Vol.15 No.5 pp. 521-527
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2003.p0521
(2003)

Paper:

Information Assistance for Search-and-Rescue by Intelligent Data Carriers and a Data Retrieval Blimp

Daisuke Kurabayashi*, Kenichi Noda**, Hajime Asama***, Kuniaki Kawabata****, Hayato Kaetsu****, and Hiroshi Hashimoto*****

*Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1 Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, 152-8552 Japan

**Maki Engineering, co., ltd. 1-22-14 Nishi-shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-0003 Japan

***The University of Tokyo, 4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, 153-8904 Japan

****RIKEN: The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, 2-1 Hiorsawa, Wako-shi, Saitama, 351-0198 Japan

*****Tokyo University of Technology, 1404-1 Katakura-cho, Hachiouji-shi, Tokyo, 192-0982 Japan

Received:
April 1, 2003
Accepted:
June 9, 2003
Published:
October 20, 2003
Keywords:
rescue, information assistance, blimp
Abstract

We propose a search-and-rescue information assistance system that consists of an intelligent data carrier for rescue (IDC-R) and a data retrieval blimp (DRB). The IDC provides the environment with information storage, sensing, and processing. We incorporated auditory functionality into IDCs and used them to support search-and-rescue. IDC-Rs in buildings repeatedly call to victims and record their answers independently. A DRB flies over a disaster area and communicates with IDC-Rs to activate them and to obtain data. We have implemented actual devices and describe a feasible motion planning algorithm for a DRB.

Cite this article as:
Daisuke Kurabayashi, Kenichi Noda, Hajime Asama, Kuniaki Kawabata, Hayato Kaetsu, and Hiroshi Hashimoto, “Information Assistance for Search-and-Rescue by Intelligent Data Carriers and a Data Retrieval Blimp,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.15, No.5, pp. 521-527, 2003.
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