September 19, 2018
Rescue Global is working with Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), BMT Defence Services and Herriot Watt and Edinburgh Universities, on Red Alert, as part of Project Minerva. The aim is to protect first responders and the public, in incidents involving extremely hazardous substances. Rescue Global team is providing expert ground assessment teams, UAS/UAV pilots, artificial intelligence & autonomy collaboration, human factors & project management input.
Launched in September 2016 and supported by over £3 million in joint funding over 24 months. The project is led DSTL, funded jointly by the Ministry of Defence science and technology portfolio and the Home Office and contracted through the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) with funding from Defence Science and Technology (DST).
The initiative aims to test and develop unmanned aerial vehicles with gas-sensing technology and 2D-and-3D mapping and modelling, mounted on commercially-available drones. The technology intends to reduce the risk to emergency services and front-line troops attending incidents or operations involving hazardous chemical or biological materials.
Recent trials at Gloucestershire Fire Service College involved the winning concepts for phase two of the project, and tested concept drones and robots in simulated contaminated scenarios in both UK and internationally. The trials compared drone speed and accuracy against that of human response teams, supported by specialist DSTL scientists, the military, police and fire services.
The Rescue Global team comprises a wealth of experience across the emergency services and crisis response sectors. As seasoned first responders, we are able to intelligently assist in the iterative development of innovative technology through such projects, that can increasingly enable and protect these key personnel.
For more information, read the official press release here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-tests-life-saving-chemical-detection-robots-and-drones
A recent news article on the project can also be found here: http://landmobile.co.uk/news/drones-chemical-detection-mod-home-office/