Demonstration on use of UAV: Geneva, October 2010

AnsuR conducted a demonstration of the capacities of quadrochopter UAVs to a set of users from the United Nations and Red Cross Family in collaboration with UNITAR/UNOSAT.
The tests included live video feeds from the UAV as well as near real time geo-tagged photo transfer from an Android phone mounted on the UAV as its sensor. The tests were well received and pointed to what can be expected in terms of technology support in future search and rescue and assessment operations.

Field deployment: Cyprus, July 2011

Following an explosion at a nearby naval base, the Vasilikos power plant was largely destroyed, causing power shortage at the entire island. GEO-PICTURES solutions were deployed as part of the 15 person EUCPT assessment team. UAVs were deployed to get an improved situational awareness by a team deployed as part of the EUCPT.
The obtained aerial images allowed assessing parts of the power plant that were not yet accessible due to debris and risk of collapse of the building structures and due to risk of toxic materials. Using photos and video from the UAV vulnerable structures could be assessed without human risk.

Field deployment: Haiti, February 2012

A UNOSAT mission was set up to field test UAV and ASIGN technologies in direct support to IOM projects in Port au Prince, Haiti, as part of a larger final validation of the GEO-PICTURES project solutions. IOM identified four specific areas within the greater PaP area for UAV-based aerial mapping, each area associated with an active IOM project:

1) Survey of the Cité Soleil neighborhood to identify concentrations of garbage and miscellaneous debris within two adjacent drainage canals bordering the neighborhood;
UAV survey imagery necessary to plan major cleanup operations before the onset of the rainy season to prevent flooding;

2) Survey of the Corail IDP camps and surrounding informal settlements to identify building foundations currently under construction, in order to estimate the likely number
of new residents in the Corail area within next 6-12 months;

3) Survey of the Grand Ravine neighborhood to allow an accurate identification of informal housing as part of IOM’s the national census work; Note: aerial photography collected
following the earthquake was not of sufficient resolution to allow accurate building delimitation;

4) Survey of the Tisous neighborhood to help with a detailed water drainage assessment conducted with Architectes de l'urgence.

The UAV was flown in the four sites described above with generally outstanding results, providing IOM with areal imagery of an unprecedented spatial resolution. The ASIGN geo-photo platform
worked very well, and the tasking of WV02 imagery by KSAT in conjunction with a UAV survey over the Corail IDP camps was almost perfectly timed, providing IOM with updated satellite imagery over
northern PaP (covering an area beyond the capacity of the UAV given the short mission duration of one week). Detailed technical and operational lessons were learned for future UAV deployments and a list of practical improvements and innovations were compiled. Post-processing of the collected UAV photos was conducted using PostFlight services of SenseFly, which were of excellent quality, providing automatically-generated orthomosaics and derived DEMs within 5-8 hours after upload.

In addition, UNOSAT experimented with near infrared image acquisition on some of the UAV tests to highlight vegetation. These tests were successful and also benefited from ASIGN.

GMES AND EARTH OBSERVATION COMBINED WITH POSITION BASED IMAGE AND SENSOR COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY FOR UNIVERSAL RESCUE, EMERGENCY AND SURVEILLANCE. FOR MORE INFO, PLEASE CONTACT THE PROJECT SECRETARIAT AT ANSUR TECHNOLOGIES.