Smart Emergency Response System - SERS

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Smart Emergency Response System (SERS)
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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
Status Launched


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

Major Requirements

  • 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
  1. full-city tornado exercise at the Denton City in May,
  2. controlled wildfire exercise at the Denton County in June, and
  3. 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.

Performance Targets

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) Measurement Methods

The performance improvements include but not limit to the following:

  • Reduce the search-and-rescue time by 30%
  • Reduce the cost of search and monitoring by 50%

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:
  1. Demonstration made with the Discovery Channel Canada on three emergency scenarios: rescue on flooding water, car accident, and wildfire
  2. Demonstration with the Denton City Fire Department through participating in the full city tornado exercise in May 2016

  • Phase II Deployment:
  1. Demonstration in the controlled wildfire exercise at the Denton County
  2. Demonstration through participating in the multi-city disaster drill in the Dallas-Fort Worth area