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Sensors 2016, 16(11), 1778; doi:10.3390/s16111778

A Camera-Based Target Detection and Positioning UAV System for Search and Rescue (SAR) Purposes

Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
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Academic Editors: Felipe Gonzalez Toro and Antonios Tsourdos
Received: 30 August 2016 / Revised: 15 October 2016 / Accepted: 19 October 2016 / Published: 25 October 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue UAV-Based Remote Sensing)

Abstract

Wilderness search and rescue entails performing a wide-range of work in complex environments and large regions. Given the concerns inherent in large regions due to limited rescue distribution, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-based frameworks are a promising platform for providing aerial imaging. In recent years, technological advances in areas such as micro-technology, sensors and navigation have influenced the various applications of UAVs. In this study, an all-in-one camera-based target detection and positioning system is developed and integrated into a fully autonomous fixed-wing UAV. The system presented in this paper is capable of on-board, real-time target identification, post-target identification and location and aerial image collection for further mapping applications. Its performance is examined using several simulated search and rescue missions, and the test results demonstrate its reliability and efficiency. View Full-Text
Keywords: unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV); wilderness search and rescue; target detection unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV); wilderness search and rescue; target detection
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Sun, J.; Li, B.; Jiang, Y.; Wen, C.-Y. A Camera-Based Target Detection and Positioning UAV System for Search and Rescue (SAR) Purposes. Sensors 2016, 16, 1778.

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