WONJU, Jun. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — KT Corporation, South Korea’s largest telecommunications company, showcased a new emergency platform today that utilizes an unmanned aircraft and a drone to find survivors of natural disasters and other large-scale emergencies.
The “Skyship” platform revealed at KT Corporation’s Wonju Campus includes an unmanned aircraft, a command, control & communications station, a drone, and a robot.
The “Skyship,” developed jointly by KT and local drone maker Metismake Inc. last year, is a pilotless plane that carries helium gas along with communication modules and a thermal imaging camera.
Rescue efforts will be provided by Skyship and the drone via a solution that can locate survivors by identifying distressed individuals within 50 meters using a tiny LTE device.
With this information, the drone installed on the Skyship can be dispatched to locate the person’s exact whereabouts.
Before a full-fledged rescue team arrives on site, a Skyship robot delivers relief supplies while the camera and communication devices transmit the scene to the situation room.
According to KT, signals from the individual’s mobile phone can be traced to identify the name and age of the survivor.
If medical records are linked to the system in the future, more accurate emergency rescue efforts can be implemented using the individual’s blood type and medical history.
M. H. Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)