In the face of natural or man-made disaster, urban search and rescue teams and other first responders like police, medical units or civil protection race against the clock to locate survivors within the critical 72-hour timeframe (Golden Hours), facing challenges such as instable structures or hazardous environments but also insufficient situational awareness – all resulting in lengthy SaR processes. In order to speed up the detection of survivors trapped in collapsed buildings and to improve working conditions for the first responders, the CURSOR project will design an innovative CURSOR Search and Rescue Kit (CURSOR SaR Kit) based using drones, miniaturised robotic equipment, and advanced sensors.

The overreaching aim of CURSOR is to develop a CURSOR SaR kit that will be easy and fast to deploy leading to a reduced time in detecting and locating trapped victims in disaster areas. This will be facilitated by the development of a common, aggregated, comprehensive operational picture from all types of inputs that can support prioritisation of actions during SaR missions.