Smart Emergency Response System - SERS
|Smart Emergency Response System (SERS)|
|Team Members||University of Texas at Arlington; University of North Texas; Denton Fire Department; Denton municipal Electric; Emergency Pre-paredness Department of the North Central Texas Council of Governments; Tarrant County Fire Service Training Center; Austin Fire Department|
|Point of Contact||Yan Wan (University of Texas at Arlington); Shengli Fu (University of North Texas)|
|Participating Municipalities||NCTCOG EPD; Tarrant County Fire Service Training Center, TX; Denton Fire Department, TX; Austin Fire Deparatment, TX|
The success of emergency response operations critically relies on the efficiency of emergency communication infrastructure. This project aims to mature and test the drone-carried on-demand broadband communication infrastructure for emergency use and quantify its benefit compared with existing on-demand emergency communication technologies.
Practical provision of on-demand drone-carried robust long-distance WiFi communication infrastructure
Acceleration of technology transfer through close collaboration with Emergency Preparedness Departments in Texas
- Mature the prototype drone WiFi system to improve the robust long-distance drone-to-drone communication.
- Plan emergency testing scenarios through close collaboration with first responders, coordinators and directors.
- Deploy and test at multiple emergency exercises, including
- full-city tornado exercise at the Denton City in May,
- controlled wildfire exercise at the Denton County in June, and
- multi-city disaster drill in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in November.
- Quantitatively analyze the performance improvement for emergency communication using the drone-carried system.
|Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)||Measurement Methods|
The performance improvements include but not limit to the following:
The performance impact is measured through multiple emergency exercises.
Standards, Replicability, Scalability, and Sustainability
- The project provides case studies on quantifying the performance of a variety of on-demand emergency communication technologies.
- The project involves testing in multiple emergency exercises at a variety of scales, and is expected to provide insights on the replicability, scalability, and sustainability of the drone-carried communication infrastructure being developed.
Cybersecurity and Privacy
- Save lives: Reduced emergency response time, real-time information sharing; reduced risk; optimized resource planning
- Job creation: public service experts; robot operators; drone operators; usability experts
- New businesses: On-demand network service; multi-drone applications
- Economic Growth: Service time reduction; safe air transportation; decrease in maintenance expenses
- Phase I Pilot/Demonstration:
- Demonstration made with the Discovery Channel Canada on three emergency scenarios: rescue on flooding water, car accident, and wildfire
- Demonstration with the Denton City Fire Department through participating in the full city tornado exercise in May 2016
- Phase II Deployment:
- Demonstration in the controlled wildfire exercise at the Denton County
- Demonstration through participating in the multi-city disaster drill in the Dallas-Fort Worth area