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
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.
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