With the AIOSAT system, the team commander of first responders will handle the information required for the success of the operation and to avoid any fatalities. It consists of two main elements:
Portable system (First Responder): equipped with the AIOSAT advanced positioning system and AIOSAT communication system. The functions of this portable system will be:
- Continuously transmit the position of the first responders. It allows data communication of the team commander with the firefighters and the Mobile Coordination Centre (MCC) to exchange commands and alerts related to generic mission operations and in particular to prevent rescue workers from entering dangerous locations.
- Firefighters only receive the different alerts having not any interaction with the system, brigades and MCC will take advantage of the added value information that AIOSAT provides ensuring also the safety of their dependents.
- Receive required information from the Mobile Coordination Centre (MCC) for positioning augmentation enhancing accuracy and integrity monitoring techniques, such as different Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring (RAIM) for safety related applications.
Mobile Coordination Centre – MCC: the mobile unit (in a truck for example) will be equipped with the AIOSAT positioning system, AIOSAT communication system and AIOSAT TA system. The functions of this mobile coordination centre will be:
- Continuously receive the position of the First Responder cluster and track the rescue workers.
- Setup a system to retrieve realtime differential GNSS corrections. The proposed alternative is the use of EGNOS, however to increase the availability of the corrections in harsh environments where EGNOS is not available,
- Transmit the differential GNSS corrections and integrity over the AIOSAT communication system.
- Transmit required orders to prevent rescue workers from entering irreversible risky locations (alarms).
- Interface with existing on-board systems and external networks (via SATCOM) to access relevant information needed for the mission, e.g. outdoor and indoor maps.
- Overall management and monitoring of the AIOSAT network and devices.