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Sistema de apoyo a la decisión para monitorizar infraestructuras críticas mediante un equipo de vehículos aéreos no tripulados


Oferta Tecnológica
Un equipo de una universidad checa ha desarrollado un sistema de apoyo a la decisión para monitorizar infraestructuras críticas mediante el uso de vehículos aéreos no tripulados (UAV). Este sistema consiste en una serie de módulos de software que permiten el funcionamiento autónomo de UAV. La principal ventaja es la capacidad de operar varios UAV al mismo tiempo, reduciendo considerablemente los costes relacionados con su funcionamiento. La universidad busca socios con el fin de establecer acuerdos de cooperación en materia de investigación y licencia.


Decision-support system for monitoring critical infrastructure utilizing a team of unmanned aerial vehicles
A team at the Czech university has developed a decision-support system for monitoring critical infrastructure using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The system consists of a series of software modules that allow autonomous operation of UAVs. The key advantage is an ability to operate several UAVs at once, which greatly reduces the costs associated with their operation. Research cooperation agreement and license agreements are sought.
The problem:
Monitoring and protection of critical infrastructures is a topical problem given the rise of property crime and global terrorism. Such infrastructures are very often large inaccessible areas and their monitoring by conventional means is impossible or very expensive as well as time-consuming.

The solution offered:
The Czech technical university has developed a decision-support system for monitoring critical infrastructure (such as pipelines, warehouses, airports etc.). It uses autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which enable both comprehensive coverage of specified areas and fast collection of data from sensors. Information from UAVs sensors placed on-board is transmitted in real-time to the operator and allows improving the quality of decision-making. The system thus enables to carry out regular inspections of infrastructure and monitoring areas to increase their security from intrusion or attack.
The system consists of a series of software modules, which can be divided into three basic categories:
- operator decision-support system running on the ground,
- algorithms for flight trajectory planning and coordination of unmanned aircraft running on-board,
- monitoring software for dynamic analysis of system behaviour and automatic adjustment of planning parameters according to the current situation.
The key competitive advantage is an ability to operate several UAVs at once thanks to built-in algorithms for planning and control of UAVs-missions that allow autonomous operation of UAV-teams with regard to their parameters, sensor equipment, specific mission, terrain, etc. The built-in UAV software is also able to detect and resolve conflicts.
In the case of area monitoring in order to detect intruders it is possible to use computational models of intruder´s behaviour. These models utilize game-theory algorithms in order to predict behaviour and subsequent planning of specific flight paths. These flight paths take intruder´s behaviour into account as well as try to create their own path unpredictable for intruders, which reduces the possibility of successful area disruption.

Known competing solutions:
At present, critical infrastructures are mainly protected by means of mechanical security systems (various fences, barriers) and monitoring sensors (cameras, laser barriers etc.) in combination with human patrols. It is obvious that in some cases such monitoring is quite difficult or very expensive. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are currently used only in limited extent and mostly in manual mode.
So far there is not known any solution based on joint cooperative operation of many UAVs in the security area, patrolling ports, warehouses and factories and for protecting critical infrastructures such as the various pipelines, telecommunication or electrical networks etc.
In comparison to piloted machines UAVs bring many operation advantages, such as lower purchase price and operating costs.

System deployment is envisaged in particular:
- within the military sector, where the subject of application will be procedures and algorithms,
- within the integrated rescue system, e.g. for monitoring forest protection against fires, search for people, guarding the borders etc.,
- within the civilian sector, e.g. to protect critical infrastructures such as warehouses, power plants, pipelines etc.,
- for research and development purposes for partners such as aviation administration bodies to use the system mainly for simulations and what-if analysis,
- for UAVs manufacturers who would be interested in extending their abilities - e.g. "packaged" software for their UAV could be supplied, which would provide competitive advantage in the market.

The partners sought
Scientists are looking for partners interested in joint further research and development and for companies interested in cooperation under a license agreement. Research cooperation agreement and license agreements are sought.
Advantages and Innovations:
The key commercial advantage of the system is ability for one pilot-operator to operate several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at once, which greatly reduces the costs associated with their operation.

Another advantage is the possibility of joint UAVs deployment in areas where piloted machines cannot be used, e.g. inside buildings or infected area etc. It is also possible to use more UAVs simultaneously for some specific problems and thus increase speed of solution or coverage quality.
Stage of Development:
Prototype available for demonstration
Secret know-how
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
The solution offered as a whole has no IPR protection. Nevertheless, some parts of the used theoretical methods, techniques and algorithms have been already protected by the patent in the USA. Therefore, the whole solution is protected as a secret know-how.

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
Type of partner sought:
Industry and research organizations

Specific area of activity of the partner:
Companies and research organizations active in: UAV development and manufacturing, military sector, delivering solutions to integrated rescue systems, dealing with protection of critical infrastructures and aviation administration bodies

Task to be performed by the partner sought:

In the case of licensing agreement:
Acquiring a licence for the system or its parts

In the case of research cooperation agreement:
Joint further research and development and adaptation of the system to specific needs.


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Technology Keywords:
01001001 Automation, Robotics Control Systems
02011002 Aviones
01003021 Control remoto
06005001 Seguridad y sistemas
02011 Tecnología aeroespacial