2009-2010

Popular Science Features a Firefighter Location and Monitoring System Developed at WPI

This lifesaving technology can precisely locate and track firefighters inside burning buildings while also monitoring their vital signs and providing an early warning of flashover.

The March issue of Popular Science magazine includes a two-page article about technology developed by a WPI research team that can precisely locate and track firefighters inside burning buildings while also monitoring their vital signs and providing an early warning of flashover (a deadly condition when a room becomes completely engulfed in flames).

Developed over the past decade with more than $5 million in federal support, the integrated monitoring system is designed to help address the three leading causes of firefighter fatalities: stress-related heart attacks, traumatic injuries, and becoming lost or disabled inside buildings. The impetus for this lifesaving research was a massive1999 warehouse fire in Worcester, Mass., which claimed the lives of six firefighters who were unable to find their way out of the mazelike structure.

  • Read the Popular Science article.
  • Read more about this research in WPI’s annual research magazine.
  • Learn about the latest award for this research, a $1 million grant to support research on the flashover sensor.
  • Visit the website for the WPI Precision Personnel Location research team.

February 22, 2010

 
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