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PORTABLE KIT FOR DETECTING TRAPPED AND BURIED PEOPLE IN RUINS AND AVALANCHES

Objective

Although avalanches, earthquakes and collapsed buildings are claiming an increasing death toll due to urbanisation, climate change and tourism, Search and Rescue (SAR) operations are limited and expensive. Even research efforts for Search and Rescue services are relatively unimportant due to the specific and therefore limited market for existing products. The main limitations of existing SAR methods are their inefficiency, time involvement and costly as they are very directional and limited in range and accuracy. In addition, their usage is complex and requires intense training and sophisticated methodology or even resorting to a specialised team. Therefore, there is an urgent need for developing a unique, easy-to-use, cost-efficient, safe and reliable tool in order to locate victims who are buried under debris or snow, providing accuracy of their position in a swift way.
As experiences from disaster situations show than most of the victims carried mobile phones with them, the aim of the RescueCell project is to develop a novel accurate location system based on mobile signal measurements in order to create a cost-effective and portable kit for emergency search services, easy to be to be installed and used. The SMEs participating in this project will greatly benefit from exploiting the RescueCell application for the location of cell phones worldwide. The RescueCell system is expected to lead to significantly faster searches in SAR missions resulting in finding more survivors, and also in reducing the related SAR cost proportionally. Apart from money savings due to the lower SAR operation cost, and reduction in hospitalization costs, there is also the value of a life or health that cannot be quantified. If this technology saves lives, this research will undoubtedly be worth an investment.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Coordinator

ATEKNEA SOLUTIONS CATALONIA, SA
Address
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona
Spain

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anna Szathmáry (Ms.)
EU contribution
€ 63 066,71

Participants (8)

RUBIN INFORMATIKAI ZARTKORUEN MUKODO RT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 269 270,68
Address
Egressy Utca 21
1149 Budapest

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Denes Meszaros (Mr.)
SMI GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 130 324,57
Address
Untere Burgbergstrasse 382
98663 Bad Colberg Heldburg

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Metter Joachim (Dr.)
MIRA TELECOM SRL
Romania
EU contribution
€ 275 427,44
Address
Doamna Ghica Street Scara 3 Etaj 7 Ap 87 Sector 2 12
022834 Bucuresti

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lucian Andrei (Mr.)
ENGINEERISK SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 276 821,01
Address
Voie Magellan 354 Parc D Activite Alpespace
73800 Sainte Helene Du Lac

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Berthet-Rambaud Philippe (Dr.)
Ministry of Administration and Interior

Participation ended

Romania
EU contribution
€ 4 221,04
Address
Str. Razoare Nr. 5
050506 Bucharest

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Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laurenţiu Costinceanu (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 20 649,58
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mercè Torrellas (Ms.)
ELLINIKI OMADA DIASOSIS SOMATEIO
Greece
EU contribution
€ 32 484,10
Address
Emm Papa 5
54 248 Thessaloniki

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Angela Sachpazaridou (Ms.)
INSPECTORATULUI GENERAL PENTRU SITUATII DE URGENTA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 7 718,64
Address
Banul Dumitrache Str. 46
023756 Bucharesti

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Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laurentiu Costinceanu (Mr.)