S.P.I.D.E.R.

S.P.I.D.E.R.

Inside Building Awareness and Navigation for Urban Warfare (SPIDER) - The objective of this activity is to provide a proof of concept for an innovative system to improve soldiers’ inside building awareness by introducing into buildings miniaturized sensors which can move and change position to provide better coverage and improved performance. The activity will analyse the possibilities that new technologies and pioneering concepts provide to this aim. The proposed system will be composed by two distinct sensor subsystems: a static outdoor subsystem (a network of radiofrequency sensors that can recognize humans inside the building) and a mobile indoor subsystem which will be based on mobile robots capable of sensing the interior of the building using video camera and range-finding sensors such as depth sensors. The robots will be controlled by operators through a secure communication system. A separate station will receive all information obtained by both outdoor and indoor sensors to reconstruct an indoor map of the building. By visualizing the indoor map, the soldiers will have a crucial awareness enabling them to safely navigate inside the building. The system will be designed to be highly robust to endure operation in hostile environments.

This activity was won by a consortium led by TEKEVER, a Portuguese technology company, and composed of IT Aveiro - Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal), Aralia (UK) and the Bulgarian Defence Institute (BDI).

 

Project:

Project SPIDER aims to develop an innovative system to support urban warfare operations by providing improved situational awareness inside buildings. The goal is to provide soldiers with an indoor map and information about the location of opposite forces, otherwise unattainable. This system will take advantage of a sensor network located at both exterior and interior building areas.
The proposed system will be composed by two distinct sensor subsystems: a static outdoor subsystem and a mobile indoor subsystem. The outdoor subsystem is a network of radiofrequency sensors that aims to recognize humans inside the building. Each sensor node will be able to communicate with other nodes, forming a network of sensors around the building in study. The indoor sensor subsystem will be based on mobile robots capable of sensing the interior of the building using video camera and range-finding sensors such as depth sensors.
These robots will be controlled by operators through a secure communication system. A separate station will receive all information obtained by both outdoor and indoor sensors to reconstruct an indoor map of the building. By visualizing the indoor map, the soldiers will have a crucial awareness enabling them to safely navigate inside the building.
The system will be designed to be highly robust to endure operation in hostile environments. This project clearly fits the topic since its main goal is to evolve innovative sensing and robotic systems at low TRL applied to improving situation awareness in the context of urban warfare.