TST leads the SICRA project
This R&D project falls into the priority research themes of the Avanza Competitividad (I+D+i) program from the Industry, Tourism and Trade Ministry, specifically below the scope for new electronic and communication systems for rescue teams and catastrophe management.
SICRA plans the design, development and field validation of an innovative localization and victim rescue management system for snow avalanches. SICRA will combine cooperative networks, satellite navigation technologies, radio based geo-localization, intelligent assistants to help rescue teams and the integration with a control center to coordinate and manage the rescue more efficiently. Therefore SICRA is a prototype development project where several companies with complementary know-how collaborate together.
No doubt that the introduction of new communication and localization technologies embedded in personal devices will have a huge impact on rescue processes and will increase the success chances of emergency teams.
The result of the R&D activities developed in this project will be useful not just for avalanche rescue teams, but also for other catastrophe scenarios such as earthquakes, tsunamis, defense, etc… The results will be relevant internationally due to the high visitor number of ski and snowboard ressorts, specially in Europe and North America.
The consortium is leaded by TST and the other members are INTA (Aerospace Technology National Institute), the University of Zaragoza, Deimos (Space | DAT), OK Systems and the mountain rescue association GEBOCYL.