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WPI receives award from Homeland Security Department to advance first-responder location
Date:10/29/2008

WORCESTER, Mass. October 29, 2008 Recognizing the nationwide critical need for technology that can save the lives of first responders by accurately tracking their location inside buildings, the Department of Homeland Security has awarded Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) $430,000. The announcement of this award was made today at the 10th Annual Technologies for Critical Incident Preparedness Conference and Exposition in Chicago. It was also announced that, with this funding, WPI will continue to develop its own groundbreaking technology and will also conduct a national test of all existing indoor tracking and monitoring systems. The test will be administered by the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) in Natick, Mass., next spring.

Presented by the U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Defense and drawing 1,500 attendees, the Technologies for Critical Incident Preparedness conference is a showcase for technology and training tools currently available or in development for the emergency responder community, and a forum for the emergency responders to discuss best practices. WPI was invited to participate in a conference session on position location technology chaired by Jalal Mapar, program manager for the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate. David Cyganski, WPI professor of electrical and computer engineering, shared the results of the university's Third Annual Workshop on Precision Indoor Personnel Location and Tracking for Emergency Responders, held in August 2008 and attended by more than 100 leaders from government, industry, academia, and the first responder community.

Indoor location technology is designed to make it possible to quickly locate and rescue firefighters (and other members of the first responder community such as EMTs, police, and soldiers) who become lost, disabled, or trapped inside a building, while physiological monitoring sys
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Contact: Michael Dorsey
mwdorsey@wpi.edu
508-831-5609
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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