Coordinated Use of miniaturized Robotic equipment and advanced Sensors for search and rescue OpeRations

CURSOR develops and promotes the use of novel technologies by Urban Search and Rescue (USaR) teams reducing the time for detecting survivors trapped in damaged and collapsed buildings. The project will deliver the innovative CURSOR SaR kit, an integrated system of various technological components and platforms, that allow USaR teams to a) work efficiently and safely on the disaster site, while detecting and locating survivors and b) enable collaborative response, by sharing information and accurately visualizing the disaster scene.

CURSOR actively involves first responder organizations to its consortium with one of them (THW) being the project coordinator. Their operational know how and network will guide the development and facilitate the uptake and sustainability results. The project’s First Responder Board (INSARAG secretariat, Regione Liguria, USaR NL, Japan NRIFD) will also participate throughout the development processes, during technology validation and in standardization activities.

The CURSOR SaR kit mainly involves technologies of soft robotics that can detect victim odors inside the rubble and with expert algorithms and localization techniques can communicate the result to the control room. The control room will have an advanced map-centric architecture Command and Control (C2) tool and will be the heart of the rescue operations with visualization capabilities. Finally, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will help monitor the disaster area by improving the situational assessment during USaR operations and also deploying the soft robotic mechanisms.

ICCS contribution | ICCS is strongly involved in this project, being the scientific and technical coordinator. In addition, ICCS is leading Work Package 5: Information Management, Common Operation Picture and Decision Support. Finally, the institute is responsible for the worksite communications and the development of localization modules for the robotic equipment.