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Drones 2019, 3(2), 37;

Quadcopter-Based Rapid Response First-Aid Unit with Live Video Monitoring

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, COMSATS University Islamabad, Lahore Campus, Lahore 54000, Pakistan
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Received: 30 January 2019 / Revised: 4 April 2019 / Accepted: 8 April 2019 / Published: 15 April 2019
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Air transport is the fastest way to reach areas with no direct land routes for ambulances. This paper presents the development of a quadcopter-based rapid response unit in an efficient aerial aid system to eliminate the delay time for first aid supplies. The system comprises a health monitoring and calling system for a field person working in open areas and a base station with the quadcopter. In an uncertain situation, the quadcopter is deployed from the base station towards the field person for immediate help through the specified path using constant Global System for Mobile (GSM)- and Global Positioning System (GPS)-based connections. The entire operation can be monitored at the base station with a Virtual Reality (VR) head-tracking system supported by a smartphone. The camera installed on the quadcopter is synchronized with the operator’s head movement while wearing a VR head-tracking system at the base station. Moreover, an Infrared (IR)-based obstacle-evasion model is implemented separately to explain the working of the autonomous collision-avoidance system. The system was tested, which confirmed the reduction in the response time to supply aid to the desired locations.
Keywords: drone; quadcopter; embedded system; rapid response; health monitoring drone; quadcopter; embedded system; rapid response; health monitoring
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Rizwan, R.; Shehzad, M.N.; Awais, M.N. Quadcopter-Based Rapid Response First-Aid Unit with Live Video Monitoring. Drones 2019, 3, 37.

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