While the project’s primary objective is to implement this system, its secondary goal is much broader in that it is to establish a culture for cooperation between small and medium businesses within the European Union.
Launched in January 2013, scheduled for completion in 2 years.
Rounded up budget for the development of the system:EUR 1,080,000.
Countries involved in the cooperation:
- Greece (Hellenic Rescue Team, volunteer rescue team)
- France (Engineerisk consulting firm specialized in avalanches)
- Hungary (Rubin Information Technology Inc.)
- Germany (SMI South Thuringia Multimedia and Information Inc.)
- Romania (MIRA Telekom, Ministry of Administration and Interior Affairs)
- Spain (Innovation and Research Center and Technical University of Catalonia)
A brief description of the system:
The rescue teams installs equipment emulating cellular base stations also known as femtocells or femto access points (FAPs) that transmit their GPS coordinates to a nearby central computer (Control Center). In addition, all installed femtocells transmit data to the central computer based on which the distance of mobile phones located around them may be calculated. Using such data, the central computer determines the GPS coordinates of the specific mobile phone(s) and transmits the coordinates to the handheld search devices of the rescue team on site. Using this technology, the rescue team can quickly start their search at a location where there is a high probability of a person trapped under the snow or rubble.
For more information about the project please visit www.rescuecell.eu