Mouser Electronics Inc., along with Easy Aerial Inc. and celebrity engineer Grant Imahara, is developing a search-and-rescue (SAR) drone platform as part of the newest series in its Empowering Innovation Together program.
“Project First Responders” features a cloud-based drone platform called GlobalARC for autonomous SAR. The drone project will be developed in the Mouser Innovation Lab with parts from platinum sponsor TE Connectivity.
According to Mouser, the project seeks to answer some of the biggest problems facing SAR drone operations, such as how to coordinate multiple drones at once and share information with experts dispersed at various geographic locations.
Mouser partnered with Easy Aerial to develop a GSM-based solution capable of controlling multiple drones and sharing information in real time by using existing cellular infrastructure. The GlobalARC platform will allow drones to be outfitted with a range of sensors that capture video, as well as detect heat, chemicals and radiation, in order to help first responders determine when disaster sites are safe to enter.
“Drones, with their agility and small size, seem perfect for search and rescue operations. A helicopter can take hours to send out and can cost thousands of dollars per use,” explains Imahara. “Search-and-rescue teams can launch a drone in just minutes – saving critical time in urgent situations. But we have a lot work ahead of us to make drones perform at their peak in search-and-rescue operations.”
The drone project also features products from Intel. Mouser, a subsidiary of TTI Inc., is part of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway family of companies.