Unmanned Robotics to the Rescue: How Machines Help People in Need on Different Occasions Feb 19, 2021
When things are happening in a bad way, we often rely on first respondents and other emergency workers to save lives and fix the problems endangering us. They receive training to fight fires, protect against dangerous people, rescue survivors and generally help make our lives safer. They are well-equipped to any kinds of dangerous situations. But they often risk their own lives, and while they're often willing to do so, their line of work is dangerous. As robotics technology has advanced in recent years, it has started appearing in numerous industries, including search and rescue and first response. How are machines helping people in need around the world, and what kind of robots are businesses using? How will the integration of robots change rescue efforts as we currently know them?

Benefits of Rescue Robots
What tasks can robots do that emergency rescue workers can't already manage? A lot of things, as it turns out. Fire fighting Robots can navigate and inspect areas where there might be survivors that are otherwise unsafe for human rescue workers to enter. Water rescue robots can be deployed and launched whenever there’s a drowning situation on water, before rescue team arrives. Underwater robots can help frogmen salvage or check up hull bottom to see whether it has problems. These droids can be used on different occasions with different payloads. They can work 24 hours a day without a break, and they're not susceptible to the risks that sideline human workers.

These machines don't breathe, so they're not at risk for smoke inhalation or drowning, for example. Water Rescue robots R1 can help emergency crews by carrying out repetitive or dangerous tasks autonomously. Their presence frees up human workers for more important tasks. These are just a few of the benefits of utilizing robots in rescue scenarios. How is this technology already being employed?

Water Rescue
Rescues on and around water create additional complications for emergency crews. There's the threat of drowning, for one. In colder climates, hypothermia requires extra equipment to keep rescuers safe. However, new tech means you could toss a rescue robot, like JTT's R1 (Water Rescue Robot R1), into the water. This remote-controlled robot acts as a combination of a lifeboat and rescue buoy.

Water Rescue Robot

Water Rescue Robot R1

During its first 10 days in the water, R1 saved 240 refugees from drowning. R1 is battery powered and can move up to 15.65 miles per hour while carrying up to five people. It doesn't need a crew to operate and can withstand nearly anything the ocean can throw at it. Its sturdiness is incredible thanks to its HDPE hull with fluid mechanics design. While it doesn't work autonomously, R1 can save lives by reaching those in need as quickly as possible.

Underwater Salvage

Complex waters threaten the lives of frogmen when they have to salvage owing to missions required. For one, the place where accident happened must be dangerous in terms of its density, currents, temperature, depth and so on. To lower the risks and to keep them safer, a new tech device came to the spotlight for salvage missions. JTT’s Underwater Robot P1 is the very good partner for helping frogmen and rescuers see, work, salvage, and save under the water.

Underwater rescue robot

Underwater rescue robot P1

For the river was murky and broad, frogmen needed to search the body and investigate and find out the reasons why there was an accident in a day. P1 then was put into use as it supports 4K recording and 4000 Lumen LED that brightens the searching area down the water to easier find out the body. According to the location depicted by the witnesses, P1 went there at the speeds of 1.5 meters per second then used its robotic arm, camera and LED to work together. What’s more, all the videos can be transmitted back to the remote control screen where’s also where P1 is controlled on.

During its first 10 days in the water, R1 saved 240 refugees from drowning. R1 is battery powered and can move up to 15.65 miles per hour while carrying up to five people. It doesn't need a crew to operate and can withstand nearly anything the ocean can throw at it. Its sturdiness is incredible thanks to its HDPE hull with fluid mechanics design. While it doesn't work autonomously, R1 can save lives by reaching those in need as quickly as possible.

Flood Rescue

People, property and infrastructure facing flood’s impacts are basically vulnerable to some extent. Especially for people who live in Southeast Asia, storms & floods come often due to climate change, as rising temperatures lead to intense heat which exposes the regions to natural disasters. However, new tech has met the demands coming into rescue teams, fire departments and organizations. JTT’s J1(unmanned rescue boat J1) is one of a kind that proves it can save lives rapidly. It’s remote-controlled and can save 4-6 people at one time.

Water Rescue Boat

Water Rescue Boat J1

It was deployed in Tuguegarao city, Philippines after the rescue teams received alerts from the weather forecast. A day after the deployment, devastating floods submerged, and torrential rains and back-to-back typhoons ripped through the city and even the country. J1 went to save while facing the floods. It saved 120 villagers from drowning. J1 can be controlled within 2000 meters and is battery powered and can move up to 6 meters per second while carrying people. Plus, as it’s remote controlled, it saves costs and energy to even save victims as there are handles around the boat where victims can catch and hold them easily. It doesn't need a crew to operate.

Firefighting Management

Thanks to climate change and the increasing temperatures across the globe as well as accident in residential areas, fire breakout seems like it’s come to our lives any minute. These blazes are causing billions of dollars in property damage and are destroying both human and animal life. Fire crews work around the clock to suppress these blazes, but they aren't always successful and most importantly safe. This work by all means costs them their lives. It just depends on probability. Yet, Fire Fighting Robots L1 can help with nearly every aspect of wildfire management and firefighting.

Fire Fighting Robot

Fire Fighting Robot L1

They can put out the fire using water through hose or carry fire extinguishing equipment to produce foam to snuff out the fire and access where fires might spread using GPS and video transmission. Plus, Fighting Robots L1 can also use different payloads to meet the needs during the scene of fire, such as smoke exhausting equipment, robotic arm and such. The best way to keep a wildfire from burning out of control is to prevent it from starting in the first place. But when this isn't an option, robots make the job way easier.

These devices don't need to rest and are resistant to smoke damage. They can operate without the heavy oxygen tanks, however human fire crews need to breathe in smoky areas which could inflame their lungs and airway, causing them to swell and block oxygen, and leading them to acute respiratory distress syndrome and respiratory failure.

Maritime Security Management

There are some places we think they are actually safe just because many people there having fun - the beach - but what’s dangerous is the strong wind and waves that are usually strong while they are surfing, swimming and more. Yet using drone - Spider C85 - helps monitor the whole area with people going back and forth, from the aerial sight.

Unmanned rescue drone

Industrial Rescue drone C85

The accident happened when sea grass caught someone foot that made him lose his balance when swimming. He then slowly was getting drowned and lost control. C85 found out there’s something abnormal on water that he was going up and down. C85 then used the HD 30X camera to zoom in and saw there was someone was drowning. C85 then located him and found out he’s one of the tourists at the beach by face recognition. Then C85 dropped and released the life-saving bag and then he finally grasped it and got to breathe.

Just so you know
We're only seeing the beginning of unmanned rescue robots and first responders. As technology advances, these robots will save lives and change the way we think about search and rescue(SAR). Putting machines alongside people increases their chances of pulling off a successful rescue and preserving more lives. This factor is likely to be true no matter what the situation is — saving humans or animals. The next time you call for an emergency, you may have a robot appear first before rescue team arrives. And if it does, it'll be ready to apply basic first aid and assess the situation for everyone's safety.

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