Live Situational Awareness, Successful “Live-Lage” Proof of Concept with Vector

Live Situational Awareness, Successful “Live-Lage” Proof of Concept with Vector

Rapid and accurate collection of live data relevant for situational awareness is enabling more efficient operations and their planning by first responders.

 

Live-Lage (Live Situational Awareness) is a project which has been implemented by the DLR Institute for Optical Sensor Systems in Berlin together with the Duisburg Fire Department. The aim of the project is to provide first responders and rescue forces with a precise live picture before they arrive at the place of the incident. This involves the Quantum-Systems Vector UAV, automatically flying to the scene of an emergency and using innovative camera and processing technology by the DLR and Eurocommand to transmit high-resolution aerial images and maps in real time to the control center and the command vehicle. The aim of Live-Lage is to help give the emergency services a decisive operational time advantage. Time that can save lives.

For fire departments and rescue services, every minute counts to handle operations in a better and more structured way. Information about the situation on the ground is crucial for command and control. The decisive factor here is that the more up-to-date and precise the information, the more efficiently operations can be carried out and lives saved.

In the “Live Situation” research project, the Security Research and Applications department of the Institute of Optical Sensor Systems is developing new technologies for rapid aerial reconnaissance of large-scale damage and disaster situations. Optical technologies are to be combined with the possibilities of unmanned aerial sstems (UAS) to enable operational support for authorities and organizations with security tasks. To this end, a special version of the Modular Aerial Camera System (MACS) is being developed for the Quantum-Systems vector UAS in close cooperation with the Duisburg Fire Department, which can generate current situation images in real time and transmit them to the operations command.

The Live-Lage Project in a nutshell

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 Systems (UAS) such as Vector and Scorpion to enable operational support for authorities and organizations with security tasks (BOS).

This video was made during an exercise under realistic operating conditions. It explains the contribution of each cooperating partner and how the latest technologies come together, supplying added value as an integrated solution: A drone-based method for real-time data analysis and high-resolution live mapping for efficient, time-saving coordination of rescue forces in the field.

We are very satisfied with the result of the exercise on the Live Situation project. We have achieved our common goal of providing rescue forces and civil protection with live mapping in very high resolution. In close cooperation with the DLR Institute for Optical Sensor Systems, we were able to add this tactical capability to our Vector system – and offer our customers a decisive added value for their missions in the future.

Florian Seibel

CEO, Quantum-Systems GmbH

The next steps for Live-Lage

In the near future, selected system components from MACS will be included in the product portfolio of the company’s partners and will be available on the market.

The operation of the system should be as simple as possible in order to minimize the hurdles for the worldwide use of the system, on the one hand during the training of the system and on the other hand during the use of the system itself. Creating live georeferenced images that are automatically stitched and live mapping is a complicated task that should be implemented as simply as possible for the end user.

Worldwide partners for the use of the system are needed in order to gather experience values to develop the system to market maturity.

About Quantum-Systems

Quantum-Systems GmbH develops and deploys small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) for the geospatial community (commercial product line) and the defense, security, and intelligence community (governmental product line), providing unprecedented data quality, efficiency, and operational usability. 

The fully autonomous sUAS with AI edge computing capabilities enable its users to capitalise on the emerging megatrend of autonomous sUAS data acquisition solutions that will open entirely new markets and applications. All Quantum-Systems sUAS combine eVTOL (electrical vertical take-off and landing) capabilities with long-range utilising electrical and aerodynamic efficiency. 

The continuous integration of state-of-the-art sensors into the systems allows for increased aerial data intelligence. 

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Advanced training for DLR staff on Vector & Scorpion UAS as part of the LiveLage Project

Advanced training for DLR staff on Vector & Scorpion UAS as part of the LiveLage Project

At the beginning of July, within the framework of the already existing cooperation between Quantum-Systems and German Aerospace Center DLR, the LiveLage Project, selected DLR employees were given further training on our Vector & Scorpion UAV systems.

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).

Training for DLR staff on Vector & Scorpion UAS

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.

The Duisburg fire brigade is the first fire brigade in Germany to test VTOL drones since 2018. It started with the Quantum-Systems Tron and now the Vector as a successor product.

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.

Training for the UAV Team of the Duisburg Fire Brigade on Vector & Scorpion UAS

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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DLR and Duisburg Fire Brigade use Quantum-Systems UAS to assess emergency situations

DLR and Duisburg Fire Brigade use Quantum-Systems UAS to assess emergency situations

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt e.V. and Feuerwehr Duisburg use our TRON UAS to detect dangerous situations in a current research project. The research project is led by OPTSAL and also includes Eurocommand GmbH and JENOPTIK as partners. The goal is to find new procedures for real-time data evaluation to support the efficient coordination of emergency forces and disaster management.

On 9th of August 2018, an event with a practical demonstration took place on the Theresienwiese in Munich as part of the DLR research project Live-Lage.

Situation assessment for civil defense and disaster control

The aim of the project is to use UAVs to clarify complex or geographically extensive operational sites and to provide the emergency services with a detailed picture of the situation in real time. As a result they can guide the emergency services in a targeted manner. In 2018 the Oktoberfest offered a perfect setting to show the capabilities oft he systems.
Since then, the system has been continuously improved and came into use last week at a joint exercise last week and showed that drone based reconnaissance flights with DLR’s new type MACS camera system with integrated thermal infrared module can provide real added value for the command and control in rescue and fire fighting applications.

Cooperation between research and civil protection

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt e.V. is the Federal Republic of Germany’s research centre for aeronautics and space. OPTSAL (Optical Technologies for Situational Awareness Lab) is an innovation lab and competence center for optical situation detection for safety and security applications.

A big thank you to all partners for their contribution.

The UAS LiveLAGE Team / Copyright DLR
Tron UAV basic training with the Duisburg fire brigade

Tron UAV basic training with the Duisburg fire brigade

Four firefighters from the Duisburg main fire station were extensively introduced to mission planning and flight execution with the eVTOL UAV Tron from Quantum-Systems.

Not only the basics for safe handling of the unmanned flight system were taught. Each of the future Tron pilots was tasked to fly a jointly designed mission independently on the 2nd day of the training. In addition to the automatic mode, in which the Tron independently flew mission targets, the pilots of the Duisburg fire brigade were also introduced to manual flying.

Drones as a reliable partner in the field

After the two training days in Gilching, Dipl. Ing. Jörg Helmrich, Head of Department for Control Centre, Information and Communication Technology of the Duisburg Fire Brigade, emphasised: “With this drone, we will in the future also have extended deployment possibilities in Duisburg, in order to detect critical and potentially dangerous situations from the air at an early stage and to be able to coordinate our measures on this basis”.

All pilots were enthusiastic about the Tron’s good-natured flight characteristics and the easy to learn operation of the mission planning software Qbase.

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