Driven by requirements from emergency services, the desire arose to develop an optical system for fast, precise optical reconnaissance of large-scale damage and disaster situations that can be integrated into unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and provide this data in real-time. The LiveLage project was born:
The LiveLage Project in detail
The Security Research and Applications Department of the Institute of Optical Sensor Systems of the DLR is developing new technologies for the rapid reconnaissance of large-scale damage and disaster situations from the air. Current optical technologies are to be combined with the possibilities of new unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) such as Vector and Scorpion to enable operational support for authorities and organizations with security tasks (BOS).
Vector and Scorpion were selected as a carrier platform
The platforms will be used as carriers for a specially developed camera by the DLR, more specific the Institute for Optical Sensor Systems (OS). The Modular Aerial Camera System (MACS) will enable real-time tactical mapping. This development on the part of DLR runs hand in hand with the Helmholtz Innovation Lab OPTSAL, whose goal is the application-oriented testing of novel, optical technologies in combination with the UAS from Quantum-Systems.
The Optical Technologies for Situational Awareness Lab (OPTSAL) is a Helmholtz Innovation Lab at the DLR Institute for Optical Sensor Systems in Berlin/Germany.
Duisburg Fire Brigade is the first partner in Germany to test the system
The Duisburg fire brigade is taking on the role of being able to prove the system’s operational capability under real conditions. A Vector UAS will be used in combination with the MACS.
Particularly in the case of accident scenes that are difficult to reach from a traffic point of view, the overview of the situation gained in this way helps the emergency control team to coordinate the number of emergency forces, in addition to saving time through the image data transmitted via the real-time tactical mapping capabilities of the MACS.
Just recently, the special department for drone operations of the Duisburg fire brigade was our guest. Training with our Vector platform for scenarios like above was on the agenda.
Real-time mapping is a key element for all project partners
Another cooperation partner is Drones4Good, in which DLR is involved with the setup of MACS and Quantum-Systems Vector.
Drones4Good is about the development of suitable AI methods for the rapid evaluation of MACS aerial images. For example, it should be possible to automatically detect people and damage to roads and buildings in real-time. DLR-OS employees have been part of the non-profit aid organization ISAR-Germany since 2016, and the Vector UAS and MACS are to be used to support relief efforts during international rescue missions after devastating natural disasters. There have been three joint missions so far: October 2017 in Mexico, October 2018 in Indonesia, August 2020 in Beirut
Working together as project partners to create something new
Cooperation between different institutions from the private sector, government, and research is essential to lay the groundwork for new products. The rapid development steps and willingness to take risks of the participating partners to achieve the best results as cost-effectively as possible in a short time favors agile companies like Quantum-Systems.
For example, the use of drones in disaster control and rescue operations is still in its infancy for all parties involved. There is also a need for new technology in the special and often time-critical scenarios, such as the real-time tactical mapping function of MACS. This is also the reason why the state government is interested in providing financial support and promoting the project.
As Quantum-Systems, we are proud of this partnership and hope to gain additional knowledge to further enable our UAV platforms for rescue operations!
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