Monday, August 7, 2006

WPI Precision Indoor Personnel Location and Tracking for Emergency Responders Workshop

First Annual Technology Workshop, August 7-8, 2006

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

Overview of Need and Current Status of LPS for Emergency Response
Kris Kolodziej

This Workshop provided a forum for researchers and developers working in the important area of indoor location and tracking of personnel to share technical knowledge and to define the state of the art. The focus was on the emergency response situation and 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. Select representatives of the governmental and user communities participated in this workshop.