Application of distributed wireless sensor network on humanitarian search and rescue systems

Albert KO*, Henry Y.K. LAU, Rex P.S. SHAM

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Abstract

Humanitarian search and rescue operations can be found in most large-scale emergency operations. Search and rescue technology to-date still rely on old technologies such as search dogs, camera mounted probes, and technology that has been in service for decades. Intelligent robots equipped with advanced sensors are attracting more and more attentions from researchers and rescuers. This paper presents the design and application of a distributed wireless sensor network prototyping system for tracking mobile search and rescue robots. The robotic system can navigate autonomously into rubbles and to search for living human body heat using its thermal array sensor. The wireless sensor network helps to track the location of the robot by analyzing signal strength. Design and development of the network and the physical robot prototype are described in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2008 2nd International Conference on Future Generation Communication and Networking, FGCN 2008
PublisherThe Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
Pages328-333
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780769534312
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event2008 2nd International Conference on Future Generation Communication and Networking, FGCN 2008 - Hainan Island, China
Duration: 13 Dec 200815 Dec 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2008 2nd International Conference on Future Generation Communication and Networking, FGCN 2008
Volume2

Conference

Conference2008 2nd International Conference on Future Generation Communication and Networking, FGCN 2008
CountryChina
CityHainan Island
Period13/12/0815/12/08

Keywords

  • Distributed systems
  • Humanitarian search and rescue
  • Wireless sensor networks artificial immune systems

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    KO, A., LAU, H. Y. K., & SHAM, R. P. S. (2008). Application of distributed wireless sensor network on humanitarian search and rescue systems. In Proceedings of the 2008 2nd International Conference on Future Generation Communication and Networking, FGCN 2008 (pp. 328-333). [4734232] (Proceedings of the 2008 2nd International Conference on Future Generation Communication and Networking, FGCN 2008; Vol. 2). The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE). https://doi.org/10.1109/FGCN.2008.78