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Can Smartphone sensors be used in an emergency?

earth data.jpgWhen most of us think of being involved in an emergency response situation the first thing we’re like to do is dial 9-1-1. A research team lead by Ram Dantu of the University of North Texas and supported by the NSF sees the growth of cell phone and smart phone usage as an opportunity to improve 9-1-1 response.

 

We all know there are sensors in the phones, and Dantu has taken the relatively simple sensors and applied them to an urgent task.

 

"With the current smartphone technology now in everyone's hand, we thought we could do a lot better than just audio calls," said Dantu. "We can actually transmit text; we can transmit images or video. We can revamp or transform the existing emergency dispatch protocols with a next generation 9-1-1."

 

Dantu will demonstrate these apps at this month's 2013 National Emergency Number Association conference, the largest annual gathering of 9-1-1 operators in the United States, to be held in Charlotte, N.C and see what feedback they can provide.

 

Some of the application examples developed include:

 

This is just a relatively simple example of using the sensors around us to add value. You could do similar analysis of machines by placing the phone on an appliance, picking up physical vibration as well as sound. It may also be possible to pick up other information like infrared or ultraviolet information that humans can’t perceive and analyze that as well.

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