CURSOR project promotional video & newsletter released

CURSOR project promotional video & newsletter released

Today on 9th November 2020 the first edition of the CURSOR newsletter was released. The newsletter reports in particular but not only on the Drone fleet lab test in Austria, the first small scale field test for sniffer on September 16 & 17th 2020 in Chambery, France and the virtual lab test on 28th September 2020. It also presents the project promotional video demonstrating how the project operates.

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CURSOR partners present novel mono mechanism for miniaturized robots

CURSOR partners present novel mono mechanism for miniaturized robots

CURSOR partners Tohoku University and SINTEF are going to present a new nono-wheeled flexible track capable of climbing high steps and adapting to rough terrains at the virtual IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR) on November 4-6th 2020.

In regions prone to disasters, the instability of the ground and risk of collapse are the primary factors limiting rescue operations. For ensuring the safety and effectiveness of these operations, a remotely controlled search robot is desired.
Accordingly, projects are being conducted for exploring rapid and comprehensive rescue response by deploying a mass of small searching robots from aerial drones.

As the payload of drones is limited, the robots must be small and lightweight;however, mobile robots with high mobility on rough terrain typically possess complex structures and tend to be heavy.

The novel mechanism with a simple structure and high mobility  is composed of an elastic track belt, which deforms to adapt to irregular obstacles and is driven by a single sprocket. The system was evaluated and compared with a general wheel robot on the basis of its performance in step-climbing tests. The ratio of the maximum height climbed by the proposed mechanism to its wheel diameter is 145%, and its maximum height is 2.9 times than that achieved by the conventional robot. Furthermore, the results are superior when compared to those of the conventional continuous-track-type mechanisms. Overall, this method can be applied to any miniaturized robot that is required to possess high mobility on rough terrains.

Interested? Consult the full paper here.

 

 

 

CURSOR partner HRTA presenting paper at SafeGreece 2020

CURSOR partner HRTA presenting paper at SafeGreece 2020

CURSOR partner HRTA recently presented a paper on the topic ‘Resilient communications and UAV fleet for future Search & Rescue operations’ at the online SafeGreece 2020 conference on 15th October 2020.

The main objective of Safe Greece is to introduce and utilize new technologies for the benefit of Civil Protection at international, national, regional and local levels.

The paper can be downloaded here

The CURSOR test calendar is out – Discover our tests

The CURSOR test calendar is out – Discover our tests

CURSOR will conduct several lab tests, small-scale field tests and 2 CURSOR SaR (Search and Rescue) Kit field trials in realistic scenarios to develop an easy and quickly deployable SaR Kit of integrated technological components which directly respond to the first responder needs. First responders are invited to participate in the trials.

Consult our test calendar here and contact us: cursor-coordination@eurtd.com if you are interested

Great interest in CURSOR Drone fleet at Austrian Army seminar, 5-6th October 2020

Great interest in CURSOR Drone fleet at Austrian Army seminar, 5-6th October 2020

The CURSOR drone fleet was recently presented by CURSOR’s partner ISCC at a seminar held by the Austrian Army on 5-6th October 2020 in Felixdorf. The meeting was attended by top level goverment officials.

The CURSOR drone fleet consists of:

Mothership Drone: The mothership drone provides continuous situational awareness as “Eye-in-the Sky” with a powerful zoom-video camera, and can also serve as a stationary communications drone, coordinating communication between the SMURF, the drone-system and first responders on scene.

Transport Drones: The transport drone transports the SMURF to the disaster site and drops it off in the debris. It helps to increase the safety of first responders.

Ground penetrating radar drone: The ground-penetrating radar drone carries the ground penetrating radar (GPR) which scans the disaster site to detect signs of any trapped victims. This helps to locate the victims.

3-D modelling drones: This drone swarm takes pictures and provides a 3-D model of the area, which further increases the situational awareness and assists in planning further rescue operations.

Participants showed a great interest in the CURSOR drone fleet and look forward to follow up its future developments.

Great team spirit at virtual Lab test n°3 on 28th September 2020

Great team spirit at virtual Lab test n°3 on 28th September 2020

On 28th September a virtual meeting is held at CURSOR ICCS & EXUS premises with the main intention to test

  • the integration between SMURF Localization system, Emergency Gateway & EXPER
  • the data transfer from the virtual SNIFFER sensor to the EXPER through the EG and the data persistence and near real time visualization
  • the information fusion across multiple virtual SNIFFER sensors and the generation of alerts (recommendations) for possible victims’ location

The meeting attended by CURSOR technical partners & end-users started off with very a good team spirit and interesting discussions.

More information to follow!

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