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Emergency ultra-wideband radio for positioning and communications

Objective

In emergency situations, particularly within smoke-filled partially or completely collapsed large buildings, communications with rescue personnel can be difficult. Safety and co-ordination of the operations is hampered by a lack of knowledge of the location of emergency staff. The project will investigate and demonstrate the use of UltraWideBand (UWB) radio, to allow the precise location of personnel to be displayed in a control centre and simultaneously improve communications reliability. The feasibility of using UWB to search for survivors buried beneath rubble and to generate simple maps will also be investigated.

The main intended outcomes of the project are:
- Understanding of the overall application requirements and system issues
- Development of UWB technology, understanding issues that need to be addressed prior to product development
- Interface requirements with existing systems
- Performance measurements of a prototype system in a representative environment (Trials and demonstrations)

The approach that will be taken is summarised in the following ordered list of top-level work packages:
- Requirements definition and prioritisation, involving discussion with the potential users
- System design: An iterative process, involving carrying out experiments for the highest risk areas and potentially modifying design concepts as a result. Competing UWB technologies will be assessed and a choice will be made for the prototype.
- Prototype build and laboratory testing
- Trials: to provide full information on the system performance.
In addition, the project will monitor and provide input to, regulatory authorities (in particular the CEPT and ITU).

The project will fit with the following (partial extracts from the workprogramme):
- To develop open platforms, integrated systems and components for civil security applications.
- Research on key IST technologies, notably: robust and/or low cost smart sensors with communication and location capabilities.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors/smart sensors

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

THALES RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY (UK) LIMITED
Address
2 Dashwood Lang Road, The Bourne Business Park
KT15 2NX Addleston, Weybridge, Surrey
United Kingdom

Participants (4)

CYBIT POSITIONING SOLUTIONS LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Redshank House, Kingfisher Way, Hinchinbrooke Business Park
PE29 6FN Huntingdom
IMST GMBH
Germany
Address
Carl-friedrich-gauss-strasse 2
47475 Kamp-lintfort
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft