Updated Jun 08, 2020

Autonomous Drone Swarming for Emergency Response

https://www.humanitas.io

Abdo Shabah

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How multi-drone swarming systems will help next-generation first responders save more lives, anytime and anywhere.

Based on the patent-pending Heterogeneous Embedded Ad-hoc Virtual Emergent Network (HEAVEN) network, all the devices on the field can connect with one another and form a local network. Any one of them becomes a network relay node. As drones fly, the HEAVEN network can be dynamically expanded to cover every dispatched responder, and multi-format data can be transferred over the broadband network...
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Based on the patent-pending Heterogeneous Embedded Ad-hoc Virtual Emergent Network (HEAVEN) network, all the devices on the field can connect with one another and form a local network. Any one of them becomes a network relay node. As drones fly, the HEAVEN network can be dynamically expanded to cover every dispatched responder, and multi-format data can be transferred over the broadband network to enable field collaboration, improve performance and efficiency, and protect the safety of responders. Another unique technology, drone swarming intelligence, is focused on the autonomous collaboration of drones and making it possible for one pilot to fly and control the whole fleet. A software framework based on the swarming engine is developed to enable distributed real-time 3D mapping by dividing an entire task into smaller patches. Each drone of the fleet will take charge of mapping a small proportion. 3D reconstruction occurs onboard during flight with edge computing, and finally a collaborative algorithm works to stitch all the patches. To further accelerate drone technology development, Humanitas also develops an all inclusive open innovation platform that features a hyper-realistic VR simulator for accelerated app development, test, simulation, certification and deployment.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

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Focus Areas:

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Digital Inclusion & Connectivity, AI and 3 MoreSEE ALL

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Digital Inclusion & Connectivity, AI, GIS/Mapping, AR/VR and Digital SecuritySEE LESS

Implemented In:

Haiti

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Employees
$10,000,000
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Problem

The success key to emergency response is the right information with the right person at the right time. However, current challenges include lack of real-time field data, lack of reliable, instant communication on the field, and long waiting time to get the former two ready for making informed decisions. Drones seem to be increasingly adopted. However, they still present some restrictions regarding battery time, pilot finding and data processing time.

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Solution

Humanitas develops patent-pending technologies to solve the problems. A unique HEAVEN network protocol helps establish multi-hop Mobile ad-hoc Networks with COTS devices, including mobile phones, tablets, drones, so that field operators can be all connected. Another unique swarming technology based on AI empowers a group of drones to work coordinatedly and controlled by only one pilot. Specific collaborative algorithms help with distributed processing for real-time 3D maps.

Target Beneficiaries

The proposed technology will help frontline responders in their duty and help them save more lives. With reliable communication, field collaboration can always be ensured. Drones can help with real-time data collection, search and rescue, or surveillance and monitoring that assist field teams.

Mission and Vision

With such novel technologies, we hope to enable teamwork anywhere and anytime to support all the frontline workers who help and save other people when they are in the most urgent needs. Field workers would no more be constrained by limited on-site ICT infrastructures and other technical resources but would have portable, flexible and resilient solutions to help with data collection, processing and analysis, and finally help with informed decision making.

Competitive Advantage

Our patent-pending HEAVEN networking protocol helps enable connectivity on site during emergency response. Current solutions are either too expensive (satellite telecommunication) or too limited (walkie-talkies for only voice communication). The state-of-art drone technology requires one pilot per unit. Based on unique AI algorithms, our drone swarming technology is the first of its kind that allows one pilot with minimum training to fly and control a fleet of drones effortlessly. A traditional drone data workflow starts after the flight. Our unique technology 1) allows onboard processing occurring during flight, and 2) separates a big task into smaller parties for parallel processing. These two features help to realize real-time mapping during flight and shorten the overall data processing time. Lastly, we develop a first of its kind platform aiming at accelerating the development, test, certification and deployment of multi-agent systems.

Milestone

Jul 2014
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New Country Implemented In
Haiti