Challenge 4

Mission

Blue Jay Eindhoven, in cooperation with the Brabant-Zuidoost Fire Brigade (BBZO), wants to provide a case for students of the Brabant Robot Challenge 2020.
BBZO is responsible for the basic fire services in the Southeast Brabant region. BBZO considers it important that the business community, education, and the government cooperate to gather knowledge and implement developments that can support the tasks of BBZO. Making use of the students’ innovative capacities contributes enormously to this.

Blue Jay Eindhoven is a student team of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Twenty motivated students are collaborating on an innovation, namely, an indoor, autonomous, interactive drone that can be used in institutions, such as health care institutions, in the future.

In order for the drone to be of added value, it must be able to perform two functions:

  • providing first aid in indoor environments;
  • assisting people such as care providers and patients .

To meet this requirement, our drone must be able to monitor vital signs (e.g., breathing and heart rate), detect emergency situations, warn professional help, and—in the time between detecting and arriving help based on the type of emergency—provide an appropriate tool, such as a defibrillator or AED.

The drone can also be used as an assistant in health care. Elderly people and people with reduced mobility often require extra help with daily tasks in order to make their lives more comfortable and to encourage them to live independently for longer. The drone can recognize people and objects, enabling it to bring the right object to the right person when instructed to do so. The drone can remind patients of taking the right medication at fixed times.

The challenge is: How can the indoor-drone Blue Jay detect signals that may lead to a calamity and what should the drone do about this?

Briefly summarized: If we place Blue Jay in a home, a care institution, at an indoor event, or any other place, how can Blue Jay discover that someone is feeling unwell, will start fireworks, or that a fire will arise, burglary occurs and more. What actions should the drone then take, either actively or as a 'medium' to other i.e. people, services or neighbors.

A test drone and a test room are available so that this can be practiced in real life.