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Officer In Distress – In-building Pocket Drone Locationing Aid

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247017D
Original Publication Date: 2016-Jul-26
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2016-Jul-26
Document File: 3 page(s) / 898K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Benjamin Zaslow: INVENTOR [+2]

Abstract

A pocket drone is equipped with audio and visual beacons (strobe lights, siren, etc) and path direction indicators. When a user is in distress and inside a building, the pocket drone may be activated. After activation, it searches for an optimal visibility location within a threshold range of the in-distress user and subsequently provides a 'hands-down, eyes up' visible indicator of the location of the in-distress user based on a determined flight path to the optimal location.

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Officer In Distress – In-building Pocket Drone Locationing Aid

By Benjamin Zaslow, Daniel Bestor

Motorola Solutions

 

ABSTRACT

A pocket drone is equipped with audio and visual beacons (strobe lights, siren, etc) and path direction indicators.  When a user is in distress and inside a building, the pocket drone may be activated.  After activation, it searches for an optimal visibility location within a threshold range of the in-distress user and subsequently provides a ‘hands-down, eyes up’ visible indicator of the location of the in-distress user based on a determined flight path to the optimal location. 

PROBLEM

When a user such as a public safety officer or other type of user initiates an emergency, or the user’s radio/communication device detects a corresponding emergency situation, the user may not be physically able to communicate his or her location back to dispatch or to fellow users or officers looking to aid/support/recover.  This is true especially in buildings, where locationing mechanisms are generally unavailable or immature.

 

SOLUTION

On activation of the pocket drone associated with a distressed user in a building, the drone surveys the area by detecting potential alerting locations using one or more imaging devices, flying a minimum threshold distance from its initiation location and detecting potential alerting locations using the one or more imaging devices.  A priority matrix is access and a preferred alerting location from all of the detected potential alerting locations is identified. 

The preferred alerting location could be identified based on a number of additional factors beyond the fixed priority matrix, such as and including a context of the reason for the activation, a context of the distressed user associated with the pocket drone (type of user, condition of the user, etc.), a context of locations of responding support personnel (in-building or out-of-buil...