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Method and Apparatus for Drone to Aid in Rescue of Lost/Injured Persons

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245134D
Publication Date: 2016-Feb-12
Document File: 3 page(s) / 47K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method and apparatus to use a drone to assist in the rescue of lost or injured persons by tracking location coordinates and seeking help from the nearest authorities. Upon deployment, the drone notes the location coordinates of the hiker and then flies for help to a predetermined location, such as the nearest police or ranger station.

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Method and Apparatus for Drone to Aid in Rescue of Lost /

/Injured Persons

Injured Persons

When hikers go missing, search and rescue missions are typically based on best guess information and last known location area. Global Positioning Systems (GPSs) and smart devices aid in search and rescue missions; however, reception is not always available in rural or mountain hiking environments, making it difficult for individuals to call for help and for rescuers track locations. Additionally, a hiker that is seriously injured or separated from gear cannot always call or signal for help.

Search and rescue missions have begun to use unmanned aircraft systems (i.e., drones), but to date use cases are focused on finding missing hikers after the hikers have been declared missing by a family member or friend.

A system is needed that focuses on the proactive rescue of a person (e.g., hiker, military personnel, etc.) from the moment the person is lost or in trouble, as opposed to

waiting for another individual to declare the person lost and then subsequently arranging a search and rescue mission.

The core idea of the solution is to utilize a small, lightweight drone as part of a hiker's gear that can be deployed and sent to seek help in the event that the hiker is lost or seriously injured. Upon deployment, the drone notes the location coordinates of the hiker and then flies for help to a predetermined location, such as the nearest police or ranger station. Upon arrival at the police station, the drone passes the coordinates of the missing hiker and optionally a brief video of the location terrain, or injuries sustained by the hiker, to the authorities. The authorities can then coordinate efforts to rescue the individual. Additionally, the drone could guide the way back to the hiker.

Although this disclosure focuses on the hiker scenario in the embodiment, this

technology could similarly be used by military personnel with the drone pre-determined location being the nearest military base or nearest ally location.

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Referring to the above figure:
101. Hiker prepares for trip by packing supplies including small drone in the backpack.

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The drone i...