RAN resembles a superorganism, it’s a collection of robots interconnected into a rescue-network that tackle land-roaming (rovers) and air-travel (drones). Each small RAN robot spreads in a coordinated swarm through disaster areas.
A significant cause for casualties in disasters is the lack of communications. This is because people are unable to call for help, receive notices,or organize rescues. RAN solves this by acting as a blanket of WIFI to an affected area through each robot’s satellite-to-wifi router so victims can access temporary public WIFI to remain aware.
Another leading cause of casualties in disasters is a lack of access to supplies. Victims of disaster are prevented from restocking necessities like food, water, medication,etc. RAN beats this by distributing payloads to any location from its designs that follow the engineering of firefighting-drones and high-cargo rovers.
Assistance efforts in disasters are often ineffective due to the rescuers having scarce information, causing missions to be unaware of where to best allocate their resources. RAN provides operations with first-hand, live data from the disaster zone through its live-camera and sensor feeds.
RAN has passed the design stages and is currently being prototyped with support from the Mayor-of-Houston, Taco-Bell-Foundation, HISD, Ashoka,and some local parts/fabrication specialists.
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