USERS AND THEIR NEEDS
We are currently working with two different user scenarios and we also integrated a user case which corresponds fully with them:
A. Radioactivity and Chemical Agents measurement using Autonomous Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
UAV’s are a technology which is the centre of many safety and security development today. The lightweight UAV’s are one ot the specific technologies which enable better coordination of actions and monitoring of affected areas. Our focus is on monitoring of situation involving potential or existing CBRNe threats and on delivering real time or near real time information to involved units.
The users affected by this scenario are typically military, civil protection units, fire brigades, police forces and also industry.
B. Border and Area monitoring systems using Autonomous UAVs
Many countries have expressed a great deal of interest in UAVs to survey their state border. UAVs do provide several benefits to the state border guards improving the efficiency, covering large parts of the border line in a 24/7 regime. UAV’s can be combined with other technologies and sensors (in-situ and on-board), which improve the accuracy of reliability of reports and commands and minimise false alarms.
Users are naturally the border police, police and military, additionally also prison officers could be interested.
C. User Case Fusion of sensors in network for threat monitoring and agent identification
Detection of an unidentified CBRNe threat and the need to provide an initial assessment of the scene, to detect the type of threat (meaning the agent) and to make an initial assessment of the area impacted by the hazard is key to the above described scenarios. Therefore, its understood as integral part of our focus.
The objective is to define sensors which can be optimally placed on UAV’ s and combined with sensors distributed in the field in order to integrate all collected information.
SERVICE/ SYSTEM CONCEPT
The system concept consist of HW and SW solution.
HW part represents autonomous UAV system:
- UAV with autonomous high precise landing sensors equipped with modular sensor system using cameras, thermo cameras, radiation sensors and differ sensors with agent detections. Set of mobile and in situ sensors are assessed to offer a solution without deploying unprotected staff. The data gathered are visualised and provided to dispatch/command centre in digital/graphical form to make qualified decisions
- UAV hangar with autonomous landing system, battery replacement, air condition system and communication and computation unit.
SW solution has two most important parts:
- Data management system that processes gathered data from sensors (partly on-site, party in the cloud), assesses available data from satellites and its useful combination for the use case solution and deliver outcomes to end users.
- User interface that allows user to control the UAV, organize automatic UAV missions and control the UAV manually. Interface delivers to user outputs of processed data.
SPACE ADDED VALUE
Satellite Earth Observation (SatEO): Designed systems cover an important component use combination of in-situ and SatEO. This applies for service as meteorological information and forecast to analyse possible situation development. Also available near real time sat imagery is used to visualise the situation and provide best available data to command.
Satellite Navigation (SatNav) is crucial component to autonomous drone services and to military forces and rescue team management in the field. Navigation systems is implemented in wide range in the targeted services.
Satellite Communication (SatCom) is a communication system that can be used as part of the drone hangar to secure data transfer to remote dispatch/command.