Incident Aide System - Technology for First Responders-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Incident Aide System - Technology for First Responders

Summary: A mobile device (tablet or cell-phone), hand-held or attached to a first responder's uniform, providing real-time data, maps and communications.

Description of Technology: The Incident Aide System includes software to support first responders in emergency and disaster situations. The software is a suite of applications that access data via cloud computing techniques. These applications provide just-in-time information to the response team members in all conditions and situations throughout the day and night, real-time recording of incident report data, real-time information sharing among first responders, and spoken-language translation capabilities.

Incident aide device

The Incident Aide device can be accessed from a fireproof
pocket on the forearm of a firefighter's turnout coat.

Proposed Research: The software design will involve emerging technologies for (a) role-specific, task-specific information gathering and sharing applications, (b) logic for just-in-time prioritization of information sharing, and (c) interoperability of information sources. We will focus on the development of technologies and protocols for improved communications interoperability for first responders. Carnegie Mellon University is currently interviewing first responders to uncover their incident-response needs. Part of that effort includes developing requirements models, scenarios of use, and supporting analysis. The proposed new research will build on the findings of the requirements elicitation and analysis.

How it is New and Different: Today’s first responders rely primarily on hand-held high-frequency radios for communication among themselves. Information to and from other sources (e.g. hospitals) comes via phone calls. First responders may or may not have access to hazardous materials information in a particular structure. We envision a waterproof, heat-resistant, wrist pouch device that enables first responders to obtain just-in-time information that is relevant to their current task and to record all information that will be needed in communicating with those in supporting roles (e.g., hospitals) and in creating incident reports. Disaster management systems, such as Sahana, do not address the intra-team communication and information needs of first responders. There appears to be no electronic technology solution currently available to address their needs.

Proposed Applications: Incident response (fire, hazardous materials, emergency medical services, earthquake), inspections, first-responder training, CERT

For more information, contact disaster@sv.cmu.edu.