NSTI Nanotech 2009

Wireless Sensor Networks for Emergency Response Applications

R. Stoleru
Texas A&M University, US

Keywords: wireless sensor networks, emergy response applications


Recent advances in wireless sensor network technology have motivated the development of several industrial, scientific, military and medical applications. A new class of applications is emergency response. Self-organizing wireless ad-hoc networks support the formation of hierarchical reporting channels that first responders can use.

Multi-channel access control protocols deal with network congestion transparently and robustly. The sensor nodes themselves provide real-time value: responders listen for victims trapped inside collapsed buildings; firefighters are informed of toxic gases; medical personnel remotely monitor patients; and command and control elements know the location and status of every resource available to them. In this talk, I will present a sensor network architecture for emergency response applications and several of this architecture’s components.

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