Security is paramount for presidential motorcades, military convoys, and other safety critical transport. Visibility is often impaired for those inside the vehicles, making it difficult to see all possible threats ahead, behind, and to the sides. Lack of visibility creates a significant danger from insurgents, rocket propelled grenades (RPGs), improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and other threats. Moreover, travel routes can span hundreds of miles. Covering these routes with explosive detectors, bomb-sniffing dogs, and law enforcement is very costly and requires extra labor. Improving visibility for individuals in the vehicles can help mitigate these external risks.
The Solution: EAGLEYE
The solution our team of four electrical and computer engineers has chosen consists of two subsystems: one to fly above the vehicle and a second installed inside the vehicle. We considered various options for the first subsystem and chose a quadcopter because of its high expandability, maneuverability, and stability. The quadcopter is equipped with video capture equipment, as well as a global positioning system (GPS) receiver. Second, a base station located in the vehicle includes a computer, Wi-Fi router, GPS receiver, radio controlled (RC) transmitter, and RC interface module. The base station also contains a graphical user interface (GUI) that receives the video streamed from the quadcopter and provides a way for the user to interact with the system.
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