New Image Processing Application for Life Signs Detection

Open Access

Abstract: Natural disasters such as earthquakes, landslides and tornados, occur quickly and unexpectedly leaving no time to prepare for rescue, thus causing loss of lives. Unlike the types of disasters mentioned above, this research focuses on disasters such as typhoons and tsunamis, where there is little time to prepare for the worst cases when people are stuck in their home waiting for the Search and Rescue Team (SRT). In most cases, after a disaster occurs the SRT are often unable to quickly search and rescue those who need help. This is due to many reasons. One of the most important reasons is the lack of a practical and efficient rescue system available for the rescue task. To overcome this problem, this research proposes a practical, comprehensive and efficient new search scheme to quickly detect and rescue people and facilitate the SRT task. In this new scheme a person waiting for the SRT, will post outdoors a fife sign which can be made with any familiar household items. The sign should not coincide with any existing outside signs. Once the SRT arrives on the disaster site, each drone is launched at the search spot, based on the damage area and city map information integrated into the drones. The drones mission is to automatically and quickly identify and find signs of life. This new search and rescue scheme is developed on the basis of high image processing technology. This current article proposes a rescue sign for the task.

Keywords: Pattern recognition, rescue team, disaster, search, image processing, search and rescue