EUROPCOM - Emergency Ultra-Wideband Radio for Positioning and Communications

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.

Partners: 
Thales Research and Technologies Ltd., UK
IMST GmbH, D
Technische Universiteit Delft, NL
Funding Program: 
6th Framework Program of the EC; STREP #004154
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Duration: 
2004 - 2008
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