Real-time location of responders and hazards
The ability to know the location of responders and their proximity to risks/threats and hazards in real time
Addressing this involves the development of tools that capture the precise location of responders (i.e., x, y, and z coordinates) indoors, outdoors, and below ground, and the graphical display of the location on an intuitive user interface. It further involves the identification and display of threats and hazards in proximity to on scene responders when integrated With sensors and other detection systems.
This is largely unavailable to date. Current capabilities are limited to visual tracking of responders and self-report of location using hand-held radios. Some public safety radio systems include global positioning system (GPS) reporting of location, but infrastructure and network requirements constrain the use of this feature. Commercially available GPS signals cannot penetrate building walls and are not ruggedized for the hazards on an incident scene.
A robust and flexible capability is needed to help commanders and tactical decision makers accurately locate and track first responders anywhere on the incident scene. This capability is also necessary to allow them to rapidly and effectively direct rescue missions for at-risk personnel, as well as understand and respond to the consequences of potential threats to responders in real time.
Rationale & related CM function(s)
- Integrate data collection tools
- Manage data
- Set-up data storage and retrieval
- Enhance education, awareness and skills on mitigation measures
- Maintain population's operational awareness
- Maintain public awareness on hazards and respective services
- Maintain shared situational awareness
- Provide predictive analysis and situational awareness
- Provide situational awareness, share COP
- Raise awareness and anticipate
DRIVER+ project has received funding from the European Union's 7th Framework Programme for Research,