Precision Indoor Personnel Location and Tracking for Emergency Responders
August 3-4, 2009
Fourth Annual Technology Workshop, August 3-4, 2009
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
This Workshop provided a forum for researchers and developers working in the important area of indoor location and tracking of emergency response personnel to share technical knowledge and to define the state of the art. The focus of this workshop was zero pre-installed infrastructure tracking, that is systems that do not require any previously installed wiring or equipment in the target building, such as is required by RFID-type systems. Further, the focus was on systems which provide complete tracking and position information on all equipped personnel to the incident command post. Simpler approaches ("homing devices") were also included in the Workshop. Also, a session was dedicated to the physiological monitoring of first responders. An introduction to Fire Fighter and Law Enforcement standard responses to real-life incidents was provided. Select representatives of the governmental and user communities participated.