Innovations of ASTROHN Technology Ltd for the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation

Innovations of ASTROHN Technology Ltd for the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation

On February 14, 2019, at a meeting of the Scientific Council of the Physical Sciences Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences “Physical Methods in Innovation”, held with the participation of specialists from the Main Forensic Department (Forensic Center) of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation and specialists of ASTROHN Technology Ltd, new scientific approaches to solving the IC relevant problems were considered, such as search for corpses in various environments, search for lost children and others. For example, in Russia up to 1000 people die annually in a forest or other uninhabited territory without finding help, 30-50 of them are children. The IC of the Russian Federation starts searches at the very first stages, carrying out this activity together with the Ministry of Emergencies, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, and public organizations.

In particular, the leading employees of ASTROHN Technology Ltd reported on the possibility and experience of using active-pulse optical methods for visualizing objects in muddy environments, water bodies, and their instrumental implementation. It was noted that imaging devices for difficult air conditions (fog, rain, snow) have already been created. It is assumed that the use of active-pulse optical methods for visualizing objects in water will solve the problem of searching for corpses in the aquatic environment for many situations encountered in forensic practice.

Leading employee of ASTROHN Technology Ltd - B.A. Sluchak in RAS

Leading employee of ASTROHN Technology Ltd – B.A. Sluchak in RAS

Back on topic of searching for missing people, it was noted that today various equipment is used in the search, including unmanned aerial vehicles, which can significantly expand the search area. However, the experience of using UAVs indicates the need to improve the systems of attachable search equipment. Of particular difficulty is the search in the forest in the summer. Foliage interferes with the use of video cameras under these conditions; thermal imaging cameras provide little information due to the small difference in the temperature of a person and surrounding objects. It seems necessary to carry out scientific research, develop a prototype of a system of attachments for UAVs containing active means of an expanded spectrum of vision when conducting surveillance and evaluate its human searching capabilities.

It is assumed that in the first and second case, the results of the development of ASTROHN Technology Ltd, JSC can be applied. ASTROHN-4K mobile-based optical-electronic system developed by ASTROHN Technology Ltd solves a similar problem – searching and recognizing a human figure at a distance of 2 to 1 km, using daytime, thermal imaging, and active-pulse TV cameras operating in various spectral ranges.

    The results of the meeting were as follows:

  • Develop an experimental model of an underwater vision device based on the experience of similar air operating devices.
  • Develop an experimental model of a set of human searching equipment for UAVs. Test its capabilities in various landscape, temperature and weather conditions.

These tests are planned to be carried out in the framework of cooperation between the RAS, ASTROHN Technology Ltd and the Investigative Committee.