Helping Rescuers Do Their Job: New Water Safety Monitoring System Tested in Moscow

A new water safety monitoring system can identify the type of accident and send coordinates to rescuers.

A Moscow-based company has designed an innovative water safety monitoring system, which is currently being tested at the Borisovskaya search and rescue station at the Borisovskiye Ponds. The system can send accident location data to rescuers in real time.

There are more than 1,000 public water entities in Moscow. Those of them with designated recreational areas are monitored from onsite rescue stations equipped with surveillance cameras. The new automated system can monitor recreation and swimming sites at rivers, ponds and lakes where no rescue stations are located and help prevent accidents.

The monitoring system includes video cameras and detection devices – radars and thermal imagers (they allow the user to see people, animals and objects even in complete darkness and in harsh weather conditions). Due to its AI component, the system can automatically recognize the type of accident.

The system activates when people step onto thin ice, swim in unauthorized areas or enter the water when it is too cold outside. Moreover, the system automatically informs rescuers if somebody fell from a bridge or embankment into the water, or if motor boats or water scooters appeared in an area where such vehicles are not allowed.

When motion is detected, the system automatically directs the video camera to the scene to determine its coordinates and monitor the situation. This information is transmitted in real time to the rescuers of the Moscow Department of Civil Defense, Emergencies and Fire Safety.  Surveillance data can be accessed from computers, tablets, or smartphones. Having received a notification, rescuers will be able to quickly get to the place. While on the go, they will also be receiving updates.

The system will be tested at the Borisovskiye Ponds until the end of March. After the experiment is completed, experts will assess the system's effectiveness. If the pilot project is successful, cameras with thermal imagers and radars will appear at other recreation and swimming sites in Moscow. 

“This unique monitoring system was created by a company that participated in the Open Challenges program organized by the Moscow Agency of Innovations. The program enables technology developers to submit their projects to improve the city's infrastructure and services. Winners of the competition can test their solutions in the city. Since launching the Open Challenges in 2014, we have received more than 1,300 innovative solutions and proposals from companies, 50 of which have already been tested in Moscow,” says Alexey Fursin, head of the Department for Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development.

Serving the City

Innovations that make life in megacities easier are created in 34 technology parks across Moscow. Residents of these special territories design and apply modern technologies in different areas – from transportation to footwear. 

A tenant company of Kalibr Technology Park creates driverless cars and buses. The park has a dedicated test site – a 400-meter track with bust stops and pedestrian crossings. Another Kalibr resident has designed a new turbojet engine for unmanned aerial vehicles. It is expected to become one of the best engines for UAVs with a 50 kg thrust.

Residents at Strogino Technology Park have developed an innovative blood clotting powder. It takes the powder just three minutes to stop heavy and even potentially fatal bleeding.

Moscow has adopted a comprehensive support system for technology parks and their residents. It includes favorable income and property tax rates as well as lower land rent. The system reduces the tax burden on businesses and investors by up to 25 percent compared to the average level. 

Technology park operators may also receive low interest loans of up to 50 million roubles at two-percent for up to five years. The 7.75 percent interest rate is paid on loans of up to 300 million a year, including for construction and assembly work, upgrading, repairs and technical retooling. Moscow technology parks are supervised by the Moscow Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development.

The Technopolis Moscow special economic zone (SEZ) includes five venues, four of which are located in Zelenograd and one in Pechatniki. The zone encompasses several hi-tech industries: microelectronics, optics, robotic engineering, medtech and medical devices. New composite materials are also produced there and some companies are engaged in the development of information and communications, energy management and nano technology. Orthopedic footwear is also produced there.

One of Technopolis Moscow residents has developed a lightweight syringe driver, which can be carried by medical professionals when they are called out on an emergency. Another resident has created RFID labels for airport luggage that serve as tracking devices. The innovation will help reduce the likelihood of lost luggage in transit. Disposable chips will be placed on bags at check-in, while passengers will be able to track their luggage via a mobile app.

SEZ residents can take advantage of tax incentives when it comes to property, ground and transport tax.  Funds saved through tax cuts can be invested in business development and spent on new equipment, technology, and international marketing.


6 march 2019