Faculty Advisor

Fofana, Mustapha S.

Abstract

The Buoyant Unmanned Distress Detection and Evacuation (BUDD-E) System provides lifeguards with a solution for identifying and rescuing distressed swimmers. The BUDD-E System monitors swimmers’ locations and pulses with wristbands worn by each individual. The wristband is equipped with an emergency trigger to indicate that a swimmer requires help, and the system also prepares information for lifeguards as a live map of swimmers’ locations, color coded to indicate their safety status. In emergency situations, an unmanned robotic platform is dispatched to victims for support. As a comprehensive emergency response system, the BUDD-E System aims to prevent unnecessary loss of human life and minimize trauma from drowning incidents by complimenting the efforts of trained rescue personnel.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2014

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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