Israel’s innovators continue to design the most cutting edge technology for when disasters strike. Innovations like robots used to locate trapped victims or high-tech first-aid bandages all help the search-and-rescue process run more successfully. Writers at NoCamels tell us more about five of these helpful Israeli innovations.
Res-Q-Cell locates survivors trapped in wreckage by issuing signals that activate their cellular devices, even when cellular networks collapse. Res-Q-Cell, first introduced in 2016 by the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), works by sending a signal over an area of up to 100 square meters that activates cellular devices, detects their signals, identifies their owners, and precisely geo-locates them. The system is adaptable and can be installed on a number of platforms including commercial and military vehicles, drones, helicopters, and aerostats.
The technology was used for the first time in September 2016 to locate and recover victims of a collapsed four-story underground parking garage in Tel Aviv. Some 500 rescue workers, including Israeli soldiers from the Home Front Command Search and Rescue Unit, worked around the clock for six days to locate six missing construction workers, who all died in the collapse.