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Robot and sensor networks for first responders

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3 Author(s)
Vijay Kumar ; Sch. of Eng. & Appl. Sci., Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia, PA, USA ; D. Rus ; Sanjiv Singh

The need to collect, integrate, and communicate information effectively in emergency response scenarios exceeds the state of the art in information technology. This emergency response problem provides an interesting and important test bed for studying networks of distributed mobile robots and sensors. Here, we describe the component technologies required to deploy a networked-robot system that can augment human firefighters and first responders, significantly enhancing their firefighting capabilities. In a burning building at a firefighting training facility, we deployed a network of stationary Mote sensors, mobile robots with cameras, and stationary radio tags to test their ability to guide firefighters to targets and warn them of potential dangers. Our long-term vision is a physical network that can sense, move, compute, and reason, letting network users (firefighters and first responders) Google for physical information - that is, information about the location and properties of physical objects in the real world.

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IEEE Pervasive Computing  (Volume:3 ,  Issue: 4 )