Evaluation of a Sensor System for Detecting Humans Trapped under Rubble: A Pilot Study

Sensors (Basel). 2018 Mar 13;18(3):852. doi: 10.3390/s18030852.


Rapid localization of injured survivors by rescue teams to prevent death is a major issue. In this paper, a sensor system for human rescue including three different types of sensors, a CO₂ sensor, a thermal camera, and a microphone, is proposed. The performance of this system in detecting living victims under the rubble has been tested in a high-fidelity simulated disaster area. Results show that the CO₂ sensor is useful to effectively reduce the possible concerned area, while the thermal camera can confirm the correct position of the victim. Moreover, it is believed that the use of microphones in connection with other sensors would be of great benefit for the detection of casualties. In this work, an algorithm to recognize voices or suspected human noise under rubble has also been developed and tested.

Keywords: earthquake rescue; gas sensor; life detection; thermal vision camera; voice recognition.

MeSH terms

  • Disasters
  • Humans
  • Pilot Projects
  • Rescue Work
  • Sensory Aids*
  • Survivors