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During the project a portable Base Transceiver Station (BTS) was developed, which produces a mobile cell of a few hundred meters radius. The BTS is intended to be motioned across the search area, until the cell it generates covers the mobile of the lost person and a connection is established. The lost person is then located by analysing the received signal power.
The project has also assessed the feasibility and convenience of carrying the BTS via a drone. The employment of a drone provides a way for easily patrolling uneven terrains and for automatising and optimising the search path. Along with the BTS, two optical devices and a long-range radio transmitter have been integrated on the drone payload.
SALVEREMO is a research project co-funded by the Italian Piedmont region according to the POR-FESR 2007/2013 funding program, "Linea di attività I.1.3 - Innovazione e PMI - Polo della Meccatronica e dei Sistemi Avanzati di Produzione". The project was pursued by CommITworld (as project leader), CSP-Innovazione nelle ICT and the Politecnico di Torino. It has seen the participation of aerRobotix and the cooperation of the Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico Piemontese (SASP). CommITworld has taken care of the management of the optical sensors and the development of the software for data analysis and mobile phone localization. Besides, it has coordinated all activities, being in charge of the project management.
The results of the SALVEREMO project will be presented on September 30th and October 1st at the Dronitaly 2016 fair, in Modena (Italy).
Furthermore, the SALVEREMO activities have been described in a two-pages article featured in the 64th issue of the "Il soccorso alpino" magazine, published on July 2016 by the Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico (CNSAS). (http://www.cnsas.it/pubblicazioni/).
The engineering process of the SALVEREMO prototype is now under definition, with the objective of enabling its effective use by the national rescue teams.