Electronic communication equipment in various forms is also becoming more common and an important part in the search for missing persons. The project, funded by Vinnova, will, together with voluntary organizations and responsible authorities, demonstrate a radio surveillance module that can be mounted on drones in the SEK 10,000 class and upwards as part of a complete management system, where drones and search personnel work together. Our primary focus is to find missing persons who have some type of radio transmitter on them, such as mobile phones, WiFi devices or other active transmitters.
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The radio surveillance platform demonstrated in the project will include a new lightweight hardware for drone-based WiFi scanning of mobile phones. The platform will also include new systems for merging and visualizing sensor data for searching for missing persons, where a first part is about effectively combining data from drone-based WiFi scanning, mobile operators and mobility models for missing persons. Organizations benefitting from the results and included in this project are; the Police Authority, the Swedish Maritime Administration, Missing People and Swedish rescue drones.