Monday, May 22, 2006

Student project: GPS for Emergency Personal

Engineering students from the University of Florida are working on a project that will allow emergency personal to be tracked down and make their location information available in remote areas where no communication services might be available:

"Each firefighter carries a 'FieldUnit,' a cellphone-sized device equipped with a Global Positioning System. The unit communicates via radio signal with a 'SmartNode,' a nearby laptop equipped with radio transmitter and receiver. The laptop then transmits this information via satellite phone or other means if available."
The University website also says that observers may also use their location data to track their current position on maps and to send SMS messages. Wow, nothing like connecting the transition from your playtime with the now called worktime. Cool example.

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