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We are a well-balanced, interdisciplinary Consortium of research institutions, including SMEs and a prospective end-user:
- The Silesian University of Technology (SUT; Gliwice, Poland), as the Co-ordinator
- Vysoka Škola Banska – The Technical University of Ostrava (VSB; Ostrava, Czech Republic)
- Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M; Madrid, Spain)
- SkyTech Research (STR; Gliwice, Poland)
- KOPEX (KPX; Katowice, Poland)
- Simmersion GmbH (SIM; Groß-Siegharts, Austria)
- Central Mines Rescue Station (CMRS; Bytom, Poland) as Subcontractor.
The goal of TeleRescuer's project is to develop a system for the virtual teleportation (or virtual immersion) of rescuers to the subterranean areas of a coal mine that have been closed due to a catastrophic event within them. TeleRescuer eliminates the risk of injury or death of rescuers in the case of major accident hazards.
In case of a catastrophic event (fire or gas explosion), the affected subterranean area of a coal mine must be closed and then inspected by rescuers. To increase the safety of rescuers and improve their efficiency of operation, a system is proposed whose main part comprises an unmanned vehicle (UV), capable of moving within the closed area, equipped with sensors and cameras. A breakthrough will depend on the ability to virtually teleport the rescuer to the direct area of operation. This is achieved by an advanced interface rescuer/UV, and powerful broadband communication. To aid operators of UV (rescuers) a highly realistic simulator is a part of the system.