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Results of national assessment of first responder location systems to be announced Aug. 3
Date:7/24/2009

esday afternoon. The workshop will also include talks by several corporate teams working on various types of location technology, including Argon ST, ENSCO Inc., Honeywell First Responder Products, Intersense, ITT, and TRX Systems, as well as researchers at university and government laboratories in the United States and Sweden. An update on WPI's Precision Personnel Location (PPL) system will be included. Some of the systems will be demonstrated in sessions during both days. A session on physiological monitoring for first responders will be held on Monday afternoon.

The indoor location systems developed by six companies were reviewed this spring at the Massachusetts Police Academy in New Braintree. Funded by a $430,000 award from the DHS's Science and Technology TechSolutions Program and administered by NSRDEC in Natick, Mass., the rigorous assessment, which included several fire and police scenarios, was designed and conducted by researchers in WPI's PPL research program. To avoid a conflict of interest, the groundbreaking location systems developed by the WPI team were not included.

"The real goal of the national assessment was for DHS to gain valuable insight into which technologies and techniques hold the most promise so we can collectively overcome the challenges we face and develop systems that will save lives," says R. James Duckworth, professor of electrical and computer engineering at WPI and co-leader of the PPL program.

The report on the national assessment will be delivered by Gregory Price, director of DHS TechSolutions, and Scott Ullery of NSRDEC. During the same session, Ric Plummer, a firefighter with the Berlin, Mass., Fire Department, who served as a consultant to the national evaluation, and Trooper Jeff Lenti of the Massachusetts State Police will provide an overview of the real-world challenges that confront developers of indoor location systems. In particular, they will explain the difficulties of navigating and comm
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Contact: Michael Dorsey
mwdorsey@wpi.edu
508-831-5609
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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