Future drones for emergency management

11/06/2019 Creating a platform for drone management to be used in emergency situations, such as missing person searches or fire monitoring operations. This is the purpose of UAV RETINA, a European initiative promoted and financed by EIT Digital within the Digital Cities innovation area, which will be completed at the end of 2019 with the coordination of the University of Rennes (France) and the participation of FBK.

The goal is to set up a start-up to develop an autonomous and flexible platform dedicated to search and rescue operations, in particular to support the Fire Brigade or Civil Protection in operations ranging from finding people to avalanche rescue, and to the discovery of “improvised explosive devices”.

The project was designed to develop drones equipped with sensors that will collect images in the visible spectrum and thermal images, and that will send them to a software system that analyzes them and spots useful elements to be brought to the attention of rescuers, so that they can make faster decisions.

Fondazione Bruno Kessler deals with the research and development part concerning strategic planning software modules and artificial vision systems.