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Project Reference: ITP/045/22LP
Project Title: Building A Smart and Safe IoT City to Support Fast Search for Missing People
Hosting Institution: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
Abstract: Many people have been reported missing every year. They include mentally
incapacitated persons (MIPs), hikers, cross-country runners, mountaineers, etc. These
missing events present great threat to the lives of the missing people, and bring
enormous stress and anxiety to the family members. In order to search for these people
more efficiently, Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) has been looking for solutions over the
past years. Initiated by HKPF, this project is to develop innovative IoT technologies to
support fast search and rescue. We will research an develop fast coarse search with
LoRa and fine search with BLE. Fast coarse search will be done by drones with LoRa
using reinforcement learning while fine search will use mobile crowdsourcing approach
with BLE. We will also customize a police app for police mission-critical rescue operation.
We collaboratively build a smart and safe IoT city to support fast search and rescue for
missing people.
Project Coordinator: Prof Gary Chan
Approved Funding Amount: HK$ 4.17M
Project Period: 1 Jan 2023 - 30 Jun 2024
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