Turning a mobile phone into a beacon with a UAV-based cellular search and rescue solution

Opportunities for Australian SAR agencies to dial into mobile phone technology innovation was showcased at AAUS ROTORTECH 2022 Conference in June 2022. Advantages of Psuedo Base Station solutions like Smith Myers Artemis: Do not interfere with the user’s mobile network Simply, interact with the mobile for a fraction of a second and then release the […]

YSAR applications now open for 2023 – new branches available

Student applications are now open for our 2023 Cohort Youth Search and Rescue (YSAR) exists to empower the next generation of community-minded volunteers, and to do this we’re enabling adventure through our leading-edge Search and Rescue and Emergency Management program. Through cross-sector partnerships, we are strengthening our future workforce by supporting youth development, diversity, and […]

Starlink is set to significantly improve SAR and EM communications

STARLINK BUSINESS – Communications application for SAR and EM on the horizon Since the use of PolSAR HF radios communications in the outdoors has had incremental changes over the years. PolSAR to Sat Phones, Opus Satelite, Pacific Sat and Inreach. Remote communications in SAR and EM are about to significantly improve with the onset of […]

Youth Search and Rescue (YSAR) offering new branches across NZ

The future looks bright for the Search and Rescue and Emergency Management volunteer workforce YSAR is the youth development training conduit for Search and Rescue and Emergency Management training in New Zealand. Over the last 4 years, we have been building capacity to scale YSAR into other regions across NZ. The programme combines a unique […]

All about distress beacons COSPAS-SARSAT

How to save a life A COSPAS-SARSAT beacon, also called a distress radio beacon or emergency beacon, is a radio transmitter that can be activated in a life-threatening emergency to summon assistance from government authorities. The COSPAS-SARSAT system is an international, humanitarian satellite-based search and rescue system and service which can detect and locate transmissions […]

Xaver Sense Through the Wall System

Operators can deploy Camero’s Xaver family of scanners on solid walls to get a 3D outline of the objects behind it. The system uses an ultra-wideband radar to “see” through walls along with a “breath detection” mechanism to differentiate between static and moving objects.

SAR for SAR – Technology on the horizon – The use of Synthetic Aperture Radar for Search and Rescue

Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images are produced by an active system that sends a microwave signal from a sensor platform to the ground and detects backscattered waves that the ground reflects directly back to a receiver on the same platform, which can be borne aloft by either airplanes or satellites. When the source and receiver are on the same platform, the radar is said to be monostatic. If the source and receiver are on different platforms, the radar is said to be bistatic. Commercial SAR systems are monostatic and always collect images to the side of the flight path of the sensor platform, unlike most multispectral imaging systems, which commonly look straight down and are passive (consisting only of receivers of reflected sunlight and emitted thermal infrared radiation).