Israeli innovators working at Israel Aerospace Industries produced new search and rescue technology – Res-Q-Cell – that uses cellphones to find the location of missing victims during emergencies, such as building collapses. A buried person cannot always yell for help because their airway can become blocked by debris. The rescue team trying to save victims after the building collapse in Tel Aviv earlier this week used this technology to save one of the trapped victims.
The Israeli rescue teams working at a collapsed Tel Aviv parking garage are using a mix of fiber-optic cables, cameras with voice and visuals, and new technology that tracks cellphones to pinpoint the location of trapped victims, Col. Ramtin Sabti, head of the Jerusalem and Central District of the IDF Homefront Command, said Tuesday.
A fourth body was retrieved from the rubble of a collapsed underground parking garage in the Ramat Hahayal neighborhood of Tel Aviv Tuesday afternoon, as emergency response personnel continued to search for three more construction workers believed to be trapped underground.
The new technology to track cellphones, used for the first time in a real disaster area, helped save one of the trapped victims after the collapse Monday, Sabti said.
The level of precision of the system, which can pinpoint a phone within a radius of less than a meter, is higher than cellular locators used in the civilian sector, Sabti said. It also allows operators to scan much larger areas – about 100 square meters at a time, he said. In the case of the collapsed four-story underground parking structure, identifying the depth of the missing victims presented an additional challenge for the system, Sabti said.