By Jack Williams
This fresh design concept has received many plaudits recently, as it suggests using drones to rescue individuals trapped in highrise fires.
Named NET GUARD, the designs propose using a self-driven UAV drone to reach those in need of rescuing.
According to the plans, a distress signal would be received before the drone, using GPS to pinpoint the location of the fire, would then head to the necessary building, avoiding traffic below.
Once close enough to the building, the drone would then unfold into four propeller-powered parts, a safety net pulled tight in the center.
This net would be made from a quadrouple layer of polyurethane, the designers said, and would be strong enough to then carry the weight of a regular adult.
The drone would also keep track of the evacuee using sensors, allowing it to be positioned correctly were person in need of jumping
NET GUARD was designed by six students from the Guangdong Polytechnic Normal University, Schools of Electronic Engineering and Art, China, and was recently awarded the Golden Pin Concept Design Award.
The group – Diao Hao-Ming, Liu Xiang, Li Hao-Hua, Zhu Nan-Tong, Li Guo-Yu, and Hu Zhen-Yuan – said in a statement: “It was not a school assignment.
We came up with this concept especially for entering the Golden Pin Concept Design Award.
“We are constantly researching drone concepts from around the globe.
“We are most interested in applications that benefit society at large.
“Our plans are not concrete yet, but we will definitely be looking into more applications for UAV technology.”