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WPI to host international workshop focused on technology solutions for first responders
Date:7/25/2012

Worcester, Mass. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a leader in the development of technology for safeguarding the lives and health of first responders, will host the Seventh Annual International Workshop on Precision Indoor Personnel Location and Tracking Technology on Aug. 6 and 7.

And in a first-ever public demonstration, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate's first responder location system--known as GLANSER--will be subjected to a rigorous test designed and executed by a team of first responders.

Sponsored by the Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the workshop will also feature technology demonstrations by more than a dozen companies, universities and safety groups, on Monday, Aug. 6, from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. in the Campus Center. It is designed to provide a forum for researchers and developers working in indoor location and tracking to share technical knowledge and to define the current state of tracking technologies.

The workshop will focus on tracking of first responders as well as systems that provide complete tracking and position information on all equipped personnel. Developed in 2006 by WPI's precision location research team, the workshop brings together all of the key players in indoor locationacademic researchers, corporate research and development teams, representatives of federal, state, and local governments and funding agencies, and first respondersto assess the state of the field and share ideas. It remains the only comprehensive national forum on this topic.

"We recognized early on that this was an enormous technical challenge," said James Duckworth, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at WPI and a member of the conference organizing committee. "No one group of researchers could tackle it on its own. Through this annual workshop, we have fostered an engaged and active global community all focused on solving
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Contact: Andy Baron
ajbaron@wpi.edu
508-831-5916
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Source:Eurekalert

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