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.
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.
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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