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Inside Building Awareness and Navigation for Urban Warfare (SPIDER)
SPIDER aimed to develop an innovative system to support Urban-Warfare operations by providing improved situational awareness to operational forces entering an unfriendly building. It focused on the use of radiofrequency (RF) stationary sensors and mobile ground robots.
The main objectives of the activity were to: develop and analyse a framework comprising the use of multiple sensors to perform indoor mapping and human detection in an Urban Warfare context; consider the choice of a data fusion strategy to process and combine sensor data; explore the advantages and constraints of using each solution as well as solutions encompassing autonomous robots combined with static RF sensor.
Project SPIDER aimed to develop an innovative system to support urban warfare operations (urban combat or in trying to handle a terrorist hostage situation) by providing improved situational awareness inside buildings. The main goal was to provide in real-time an indoor map of the building of interest, while detecting and locating human presence inside the same building using data from both indoors and outdoors sensors, presenting that otherwise unattainable information to soldiers, thus ensuring a safer operation. The outdoor subsystem was a network of radiofrequency sensors (radar) that aimed to recognize human motion inside the building, while the indoor sensor subsystem was based on a mobile robot (UGV) capable of sensing the interior of the building using an optical sensor. The video obtained from the indoor sensor subsystem could then be processed using SLAM and human detection algorithms, improving the accuracy of the resulting data by fusing it with the information acquired by the radar. The SPIDER also assured real-time communication of the resulting information to the relevant forces, presenting it in a ground control station (GCS) with a user-friendly, adaptable and intuitive interface, while assuring the security of the proposed solution. All components were studied and developed during the project (some based on modifications to and rework of existing prototypes) and the complete system was tested in the field by infantry users simulating a building assault. These have shown that the technologies and concepts considered are promising and may be useful in the future to military users