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Technology for locating first responders in buildings to be showcased at national workshop
Date:7/19/2010

ations," said James Duckworth, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at WPI and a workshop organizer. "We have also seen significant progress in the development of location, tracking, and physiological monitoring systems, driven by enthusiastic assistance from the first responder community, which is anxious to put this life-saving technology to use in the field, growing interest and support from federal emergency management and safety agencies, which have recognized the urgent need for technological solutions to the safety issues first responders face, and the dedication of many research groups."

Here are highlights of the 2010 workshop:

  • A keynote address by Jalal Maypar, program manager for the GLANSER (Geospatial Location Accountability and Navigation System for Emergency Responders) and PHASER (Physiological Health Assessment Sensor for Emergency Responders) initiatives of the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, along with presentations by research groups at Argon ST and Honeywell ACS Labs, which were selected in 2009 to receive funding through GLANSER.

  • Real-world tests of location and tracking systems developed by SEER Technology Inc., Q-Track Corporation, and the University of Michigan Engineering Department. The systems will be used by members of the Worcester, Mass., Fire Department to locate a "lost" firefighter in a WPI academic building in a search and rescue scenario designed and executed by the fire department.

  • A discussion by representatives of the National Fire Protection Association and the National Institute for Standards and Technology of the need to develop standards for "new to the industry" technologies like location and tracking systems.

  • A panel on the real-world experiences of first responders, including a presentation on fireground injury and death by Billy Goldfeder, deputy chief of the Loveland-Symmed, Ohio, Fire Department
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Contact: Michael Dorsey
mwdorsey@wpi.edu
508-831-5609
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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