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Sensor for terrestrial and Airborne Radio-transmitter rescue search

Objective

STARRS project focuses on the design and development of technology for the improvement of environmental risk/crisis management, especially in search and rescue operations (to detect and locate victims' position with a good accuracy as well as to allow alert broadcasting to people in emergency situations.)

People in danger will be detected, located and rescued through their basic cellular radio handsets (GSM and UMTS mobile phones). Additionally, headquarters of rescue teams will be able to know the location of rescuers within the intervention area through their professional handsets (TETRA and TETRAPOL mobile handsets).

The STARRS project will study and develop two test beds (one for helicopter and one for a pedestrian rescuer), which will be tested and evaluated through field trials, in order to get operational performances. The STARRS testbeds will be autonomous from network, and then can be used in real disasters situations.

In order to define the multi path location algorithms of the test beds, a signal propagation study in some specific environments (as urban collapsed building) will be realized first. Then a system study will define detection and location protocols for GSM/UTMS and TETRA/TETRAPOL. In parallel, a signal processing study will aim to design appropriate tracking algorithms. Finally, the two tesbeds, with transmitters, antennas, receiver and processing unit will be developed and tested in selected scenarios.

Typical rescue situations/scenarios will be specified by the end users of the project in order to establish the requirements of the STARRS testbeds, such as: search of lost people in mountains areas, fire forests and collapsed buildings.

In addition, a new concept, called "Over The Air Safety Reply", that will allow automatic reply from rescue team handsets, will be promoted to 3GPP for standardization.

The results of the STARRS project will be disseminated throughout Europe, to network operators and rescue end users.

Coordinator

THALES COMMUNICATIONS S.A.
Address
160 Boulevard De Valmy
92700 Colombes
France

Participants (10)

CYPRUS FIRE SERVICE
Cyprus
Address
Akadimias 12, Kato Lakatamia
2330 Nicosia
ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DES OFFICIERS DE SAPEURS-POMPIERS
France
Address
Bp 36
91750 Nainville Les Roches
JOANNEUM RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Austria
Address
Steyrergasse 17
8010 Graz
MONT BLANC HELICOPTERES SA
France
Address
Rue Germain Sommeiller
74100 Annemasse
OULUN YLIOPISTO
Finland
Address
Pentti Kaiteran Katu 1
90014 Oulu
SOCIETE FRANCAISE DU RADIOTELEPHONE
France
Address
Tour Sequoia - 1, Place Carpeaux
92915 Paris La Defense
TELETEL TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SA
Greece
Address
Kifissias Avenue 124
11526 Athens
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
Address
1 Place De L'universite
1348 Louvain-la-neuve
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
Address
Kallipoleos Street 75
1678 Nicosia
VODAFONE - PANAFON ANONYMI ELLINIKI ETAIREIA TILEPIKOINONION
Greece
Address
Odos Tzavella 1-3
152 31 Chalandri