The Global Smart Rescue has a big technical side, a profound product development, an altruistic societal aspect, and of course, a business side which is to sell our products to a targeted international market. It’s an integrated project.
– Global Smart Rescue Team
The beginning …
After his return from the US, Bertrand, our talented system developer, came to see me. He informed me that the Mayor of New York needed to find new solutions to improve the reaction and the effectiveness of his rescue teams in their disaster management by using an efficient post-disaster communication system. My mind immediately drifted towards this idea. After giving a lot of thought about this, we analyzed the situation as followed, two problematic questions were to be answered:
• Precision and Accuracy
First, the precision and the accuracy of data collected on-site that a rescue team needs to receive in order to send the most appropriate rescue response (in terms of human resources and medical equipment) and how to collect this information with no communication networks.
Second, its cost. This device aid needed to be affordable. In other words, how could we collect precise data efficiently in situ and cheaply? How could we find out questions like what is the exact number of injured people, do they have food? water? What are their precise coordinates of location?
All the answers to these types of questions had to be given to the rescue team in order to make optimal decisions and increase their efficiency.
A list of predefined data, collected and analyzed with AI in our lab in real-time can be directly reported to the rescue teams allowing them to react with the best responsive solution
That’s how the idea of making an intelligent box, a LAB™ *, installed on-site to collect this type of data was born. With a box, the solution is simple. A list of predefined data, collected and analyzed with AI in our lab in real-time can be directly reported to the rescue teams allowing them to react with the best responsive solution. Why? Because their decision making is now based on an insightful vision of what’s truly going on, on-site! With this concept, we only need to install and spread around our little alert boxes to sensitive sites, to continuously monitor its environmental data, and to immediately intervene in case of an emergency. When a disaster strikes, we have the advantage of already having at our disposal, correct and precise collected data prior, during, and after it! With this solution, the quality of the information for the decision-making process is optimal. We had solved the complex issue of blind and difficult rescues, rescues without data in situ!
When a disaster strikes, we have the advantage of already having at our disposal, correct and precise collected data prior, during, and after it!
We were getting closer to our objectives, however, the second point of this first problematic question was harder to solve. How could we have access to the collected data of our LAB™ when all the regular communication networks are entirely destroyed? LAB™ had to rely on something else, but what? When an environmental danger, a loss of electricity, or WIFI or a break in the GSM network is detected, LAB™ goes immediately on alert mode and starts using its own battery. It collects and transmits data continuously for up to 3 days non-stop. It detects the presence of smartphones and we can send and receive texts with its integrated WIFI system. So, on the box side, everything was ok. Yet, the question of how to harvest the data remained!
We can send drones on-site to do the job of collecting our data!
Drones collect imagery via radio-frequency. Bertrand came up with the most brilliant idea! That’s easy, he said, we can send drones on-site to do the job of collecting our data! It was the answer we were looking for. We were joyful as it’s his domain of competency so it was doable. It was our answer. We had it! Well, we thought we had it. Unfortunately, a study made by Quadrivision revealed that we had to drop this solution! Even if this idea is a genius idea, even if it’s an accurate solution for industrial disasters because drones are already used to collect visual data on-site, they could have worked to collect the data of our box. So why can’t we use them? Drones can’t fly under very strong winds. Extreme winds are present in 80% of world disasters. These statistics were too high to be ignored! We only had found a specific answer, we needed a global one valid to solve every possible case scenario. We were back to square one! We had to come up with a different way to access our data. We went back to work.
We all firmly believe that when we work for the benefit of others, despite all the countless challenges, at the end, everything comes together to help this person to go in the right direction. In 2018, through my work at the CNES, we asked a French start-up, calledUSpace to run a study on a new nano-satellites’ constellation. We wanted to check if a private IOT solution by a satellite developed by them especially for us could be considered. The cost of the investment, evaluated in millions of euros to deliver this specific service, was unfortunately too high. But the idea to use satellites to collect our data was the right one. We then looked at existing satellite structures that provide satellite communication at a much lower cost, a cost that will be even lower in the near future. This change of strategy became our winning strategy. We finally had solved our two last problems; the collection of data when all the regular communication networks are broken and its attractive cost! With this new generation of satellites launched already and to be launched in the future, it meant that the project had conclusively become feasible, affordable, and marketable! So we decided to build our little intelligent box: LAB™ !
So we decided to build our little alert box, LAB™
– Global Smart Rescue Team
Today, it works, its technical side is fully completed. It has reached TRL 6 (Technology Readiness Level). It has been tested and it’s waiting to be industrialized. The GSR project was many, many hours of work, including a lot of human, technical and personal challenges, but today it is satisfying to have built an intelligent, reliable, and fast product that changes completely how we are going to save lives. It’s huge. LAB™ is a technology designed for the greater good of society and it is now ready to become the new indispensable tool that saves our lives when we are in danger. With LAB™, the management of world disasters is entirely redefined.
We were inspired by Americans, so today it makes total sense to return them the favor by marketing our invention there, where a lot of natural disasters strike every year.
– Global Smart Rescue Team
After only 1 year of existence, Global Smart Solution now employs two great computer engineers in training, Loic, who is 26 years old, and a developer in charge of our server, and Cesar, who is 21 years old, and in charge of our website and our interface user. It’ s now a start-up that grows well and that is eager to expand all around France, Europe, and of course, the US. We were inspired by Americans, so today it makes total sense to return them the favor by marketing our invention there, where a lot of natural disasters strike every year. That’s why the current objective and goal is to quickly find both investors and suitable partners to continue this journey to its next phase.
Technical Adviser in R&D
*) LAB™ = Little Alert Box