CNM student creates beacon to assist with search and rescue missions – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico 2021-02-22 18:38:32 –

Albuquerque, New Mexico (KRQE) – A Central New Mexico Community College Students want to simplify search and rescue missions. He developed a new device in one of his classes. This allows “a helicopter to fly in, tether someone and then pull it out, but that may not be a viable option,” says Saige Martinez.

Inside the demo beacon are a GPS unit, heart rate monitor, and blood oxygen sensor, all controlled by the Particle Argon microcontroller. Courtesy CNM

Martinez has developed another option for search and rescue missions. “The drone is delivered and is a search and rescue beacon,” says Martinez. The 26-year-old woman developed a beacon prototype at a CNM technology course called the Internet of Things Bootcamp. “Currently, it’s the foam ball that carved the slot for the electronics,” Martinez says.

A foam ball covered with LED lights is connected to the drone. “We fly the drone where we think there are lost people. The drone has a small fall mechanism that allows us to release this beacon,” said Brian, an internet of things instructor.・ Rashap says.

Those lights last for several days and can be seen from a distance. When the missing person finds the beacon, he presses the GPS button and the location is immediately sent to the first responder. “It sends the lost individual’s heart rate. It sends real-time updates from the beacon to send blood oxygen levels,” Rashap said.

Martinez is an active member of the National Guard and he wants to meet the needs of the first responders and help those in jeopardy. “It’s possible to fall from a drone onto rugged terrain, overcome shocks and complete missions,” says Martinez.

Martinez is now working with Albuquerque Police Station“Their inputs will transform this device,” says Martinez, an open space representative on how to optimally develop beacons. He hopes that someday and anywhere the first responder will be able to use it. Developers say the next version of Beacon will be larger, carrying food and mylarless cube blankets.

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