UASTrakker systems can locate individuals stranded in floods, lost at sea or on land. It is expected to be a key component of rescue efforts in maritime rescue, and UAS Search and Rescue efforts in the wilderness. Unlike cell phones, PLB beacons have a longer battery life (48 to 72 hours) and use satellite technology when cellular towers are no longer an option.
Use Case Scenarios include:
* Locating a lost or injured mountain hiker
* Finding Skiers buried in an avalanche
* Wildfire fire fighters and victim location
* Boaters lost at sea or Man Overboard
* Homeland Security and Border Patrol
* Parameter Security Enhancement
* Troop Re-supply & Extraction
* Hoist a person to safety from a dangerous to reach location
Trained UASTrakker users operate the enabled drone by initiating a flight plan to locate the last known position of the target and when in the air, the drone scans the emergency radio frequencies used by PLB beacon(s) in distress and provide situational awareness to first responders utilizing its’ thermal, infrared and daytime cameras. Furthermore, when the target is located, the drone stores the GPS coordinates trail, and can drop lifesaving rescue supplies, or even lower a winch down to a person and rescue them to safety using a heavy lift drone. During the entire rescue, UASTrakker streams live video, into our cloud computing solution, of the entire flight, recording the physical location of the incident in day and/or night time conditions. This enables multi-agency collaboration on SAR missions help locate their victims.
The UASTrakker system is compatible with many “Off the Shelf” drones, so it can be installed on medium sized Multi-Rotors for short missions, a hybrid- electric plane for longer missions, or a heavy lifter for difficult to reach areas and rough weather. The user can at any time take over control of the flying of the drone when required, and to activate features like the winch. Cellular/Satellite technology offers an almost unlimited range of control. The UASTrakker company is also developing technology for moving Ground Control Stations, so that drones will land more easily on a ship or moving platform like a SWAT vehicle.
The development of our Artificial Intelligence (AI) capable internet console is expected to provide the “Pilot in Command” a first of its kind online search grid, with online tools to initiate the autonomous flight search and rescue procedure. When other invited first responders have downloaded the UASTrakker app, they will have a collaborative map of the rescue operation, showing the drone position and the location of any other emergency PLBs or radios within range, while the drone autonomously locates and surveils the target until rescuers can arrive.