The Artemis technology “turns a mobile phone into a rescue beacon,” and has now been integrated on a small quad-rotor UAV for the first time. This will allow SAR operators to detect and map mobile phone handsets much faster by deploying a small drone in just a few minutes. As a result, potential victims’ mobile phones can be detected even when there’s poor network coverage or no coverage at all.
In addition to locating cell phones, this technology allows communication, which can prove to be critical in emergency situations such as natural disasters. According to Robotics Centre, operators can send messages to the mobile phones in the affected area and receive messages and calls. Phones can be located this way individually or on a mass scale, and the Echo payload also anonymizes personal information. So whether an individual or groups of people are at risk, the drone operators can locate them and communicate with them as fast as possible.
This new capability will make the SkyRaider and SkyRanger drones even more efficient in saving lives. The rugged platforms were designed for all-weather operations in areas with challenging terrain and can be easily operated by one person. In addition to SAR missions, they’ve also proven useful for military applications, such as border security.