Project Kwago: A drone for search and rescue by Filipinos
A group of Filipino men has developed a search and rescue drone and their project is currently a semi-finalist at the 2016 Drones for Good Awards in the United Arab Emirates.
Among other drones, ‘Project Kwago’ specialises in operating in the dark. Perfect for continuing rescue efforts even after the sun sets. It uses a thermal imaging camera to detect heat signatures in the area.
Kwago has a number of features to keep it functioning and reliable when it takes off the ground. It has a built-in sensor to avoid collision with other structures, automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS-B) system for tracking and communication, pattern recognition, automatic take-off and landing function, sonars, and more. It’s an app-based system and communicates to the operator via their own application.
Check out their promotional video above to have a better understanding of the project and its vision to become a great companion in search and rescue efforts. You can help ‘Project Kwago’ and the people behind it, Mac Eugenio, Ari Trofeo, Vince Villena, reach the finals by voting for them through here. If they get to win, they will be awarded $1M in funding for reproduction.