Review-microwave radar sensing systems for search and rescue purposes

Nguyen Thi Phuoc Van, Liqiong Tang, Veysel Demir, Syed Faraz Hasan, Nguyen Duc Minh, Subhas Mukhopadhyay

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This paper presents a survey of recent developments using Doppler radar sensor in searching and locating an alive person under debris or behind a wall. Locating a human and detecting the vital signs such as breathing rate and heartbeat using a microwave sensor is a non-invasive technique. Recently, many hardware structures, signal processing approaches, and integrated systems have been introduced by researchers in this field. The purpose is to enhance the accuracy of vital signs' detection and location detection and reduce energy consumption. This work concentrates on the representative research on sensing systems that can find alive people under rubble when an earthquake or other disasters occur. In this paper, various operating principles and system architectures for finding survivors using the microwave radar sensors are reviewed. A comparison between these systems is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2879
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019

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  • vital signals
  • finding survivors
  • Doppler radar
  • heartbeat
  • breathing signal
  • detection probability


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