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EUROPCOM - Emergency Ultra-Wideband Radio for Positioning and Communications

Period
2004 — 2008
Funding
6th Framework Program of the EC; STREP #004154
Partners
  • Thales Research and Technologies Ltd., UK
  • IMST GmbH, D
  • Technische Universiteit Delft, NL
Research Areas
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In emergency situations, particularly within smoke filled, partially or completely collapsed large buildings, communications with rescue personnel can be difficult. Safety & co-ordination of the operations is hampered by a lack of knowledge of the location of emergency staff. The project will investigate & demonstrate the use of UltraWideBand (UWB) radio, to allow the precise location of personnel to be measured & displayed in a control centre & simultaneously improve communications reliability. The feasibility of using UWB to search for survivors in smoke filled rooms or buried beneath rubble & to generate simple maps will also be investigated.

Related publications
  • Conference contribution Harmer D., Russell M., Frazer E., Bauget T., Ingram S., Schmidt N., Kull B., Yarovoy A., Nezirovic A., Xia L., Dizdarevic V. & Witrisal K. (2008) EUROPCOM: Emergency Ultrawideband RadiO for Positioning and COMmunications. in IEEE International Conference on Ultra-Wideband (pp. n-a). [more info]
  • Conference contribution Dizdarevic V. & Witrisal K. (2008) Distance Measurement Tests Using the Emergency UWB Radio Positioning and Communications (EUROPCOM) Demonstrator. in COST 2100 Management Committee Meeting (pp. tbd-tbd). [more info]
  • Conference contribution Harmer D., Russell M., Frazer E., Bauget T., Ingram S., Schmidt N., Kull B., Yarovoy A., Nezirovic A., Xia L., Dizdarevic V. & Witrisal K. (2008) An Ultra-Wide Band Indoor Personnel Tracking System for Emergency Situations (EUROPCOM). in European Microwave Conference (pp. n-a). [more info]
  • Conference contribution Dizdarevic V. & Witrisal K. (2007) Statistical UWB Range Error Model for the Threshold Leading Edge Detector. in International Conference on Information, Communications & Signal Processing (pp. 1-5). [more info]
  • Conference contribution Dizdarevic V. & Witrisal K. (2006) On Topology Dependent Mitigation of NLOS Ranging Errors in LSE Positioning. in IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (pp. 0-0). [more info]
  • Conference contribution Pammer V. & Witrisal K. (2006) Ultra Wideband Communication System as Sensor Technology for 3D Mapping. in IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (pp. 0-0). [more info]
  • Conference contribution Dizdarevic V. & Witrisal K. (2006) On Impact of Topology and Cost Function on LSE Position Determination in Wireless Networks. in 3rd Workshop on Positioning, Navigation and Communication (pp. 129-138). [more info]