The TELE-ROBOTICS SAFETY NETWORK FOR DAM EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN (EAP) consists of a network of multi-purpose and collaborative aerial drone shelters installed near and downstream fr om dam sites, ready to deploy at a minute’s notice to perform a sequence of first-response actions (ALERT, SEARCH, RESCUE), as well as preventative actions (INSPECT & CHECK). Such systems can be deployed at all at-risk dam sites in Brazil and be connected to civil defense command centers if desired.
In responsive missions, the tele-robotics drone network performs first response missions in emergency situations. Stations are installed strategically in their respective self-rescue zones to serve the critical first to forty critical minutes of the EAP.
The IP65 rated robotic shelter systems control autonomously the full operation of drones, with the possibility for manual control fr om a command center. These include communication routers, VSAT options, off-grid energy storage, a weather station. The drone shelter systems connect to the dam monitoring centers, connect to dam sensors and measurement devices. Depending on payloads integrated, drones can be activated and work together to perform population alert, search and delivery missions, according to the missions pre-assigned to each drone.
Reactive first response missions:
Alert: The first rapid response drones are sent to alert the population in their respective risk zones with pre-programmed flight plans. An inspection unit is meanwhile sent to the dam according to the location of the instrumentation sensor that generated the alarm for abnormality characterization mission.
Drones with visualization sensors, combined with 125dB loudspeakers, selectively alert by siren or voice commands in each auto-rescue zone and guide the population on escape routes to reach their respective meeting points. Some drones go directly to the most critical homes where communication with residents by cell or landline is absent or has limited quality.
Search: Other robotic shelters are activated so that thermal sensor and RGB optical zoom drones track their respective areas looking for victims who need guidance or help. The information is transmitted in real time to the Civil Defense and to the company / dam command center.
Rescue: When identifying the victims, drones with speakers and capable of delivering first aid kits, flashlights, lifeguards, among other materials, are activated to the geographical coordinates identified by other drones. After the missions, the drones return to their tele-robotic shelters, land with precision, automatically recharge the batteries - waiting for their next missions. In addition to the application in a real emergency situation, the system can be used in simulations and testing with the local community.
Preventive missions for feeding intelligence to reactive and fast response missions
Inspect: One of the drone shelter systems is dedicated to perform preventive missions, wh ere routine visual inspections are carried out daily or weekly. After the missions, our prioprietary AI / computer vision technology is applied to the collected images to help identify and map anomalies across the structure. An expert civil engineer can remotely validate the findingso that a complete digital inspection report can be generated to assist in decision making, such as corrective actions, as well as to help generate specific mission plans for quick inspection and response.
Check: The DBX tele-robotics shelter for drones can also be connected to software that monitors surface landmarks through geodetic sensors (instrumentation) installed on site. This software can provide three levels of alert, so that drones can be launched automatically - or manually from cloud access - to the locations that generated the alarm and then perform live and secure inspections for remotely located experts connected to the cloud platform.
The system is always ready to respond to emergency missions, since the robotic shelter is able to automatically recharge the drone's batteries, communicate with the dam monitoring center to update the plans flight, as well as to receive trigger signals from the drone missions.
The system transmits real-time video information, in addition to drone telemetry, to the company's control and monitoring centers, as well as civil defense if desired, contributing to more effective actions in the first minutes of the Dam's Emergency Action Plan.
It can customize the voice commands according to each risk zone in order to guide residents to follow the meeting points.
Performs video monitoring of the dam at the location that originated the alert (characterization flight).
It alerts and guides the population to proceed to their respective meeting points using voice commands and sirens on the drone. Each drone serves its respective risk zones.
It alerts and selectively guides residents in more remote areas, in places wh ere cellular or fixed telephony is absent or has limited quality and effectiveness, among other reasons.
It provides video and real-time observation of the emergency plan action, in the first minutes, from the aerial perspective provided by the drones.
Applies data analytics to identify people, animals and vehicles during the action of the emergency plan in the first 20 to 30 critical minutes. Use of RGB cameras with optical zoom and thermal cameras.
Directs drones to the affected risk zones, even if they are pre-programmed to initially serve other risk zones.
Scalable solution for rapid response in emergencies and for monitoring the dam through periodic inspections (daily or weekly).
Applies artificial intelligence to images obtained by drones, and algorithms for generating interactive reports that contribute to decision making, reducing costs in routine inspections, reducing risks related to working at height, reducing time in analysis and generating reports , greater coverage area for visual inspection. The most critical anomalies are geo-referenced for the drone's rapid response missions to monitor the dam during emergency action.