Search and Rescue Dog Wearable and Mobile Interface
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Search and Rescue (SAR) dogs are important partners in SAR activities since their born talents in olfactory and auditory senses. Traditionally, the SAR dogs are usually released in the last known spot of the target person, doing a range searching, and returning to their handlers if they find any clues. The current process will cause a great waste on time and potential losing in track of the target while dogs returning to handlers. Our research project aims to replace this traditional working mode by developing an interactive computing system to enable a remote communication between the SAR dogs and the handlers. We provide a vest wearable for dog and a mobile application for handlers, and we allow distant data transmission between the vest and a mobile application. Our approach would prevent the returning step, and hence increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the SAR activities. After experiment and alpha test, we prove that our prototype has all desired functionalities with great precision and weight. Further training and testing with actual SAR dogs would be expected and conducted with K9 teams.