Electronic Firefighter Escape Trail

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Description

An electronic safety information and location system.

A new patented NASA technology has the potential to utilize recent advances in Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFIDs) combined with smart software to create an electronic firefighter evacuation trail and fire safety information location system. The trail, with associated capabilities specified by the invention, can be followed out of a burning building even if interrupted by changing fire conditions. The communicating array of sensors created by the invention can monitor local temperatures along the trail, and through inter-communication, provide an information lifeline back to a fire chief. The invention also provides an approach for passive and active RFID sensors to feed location information to 3-D maps of fire environments, alert firefighters to changing unsafe conditions, and upgrade the safety and firefighter accessibility of existing buildings to facilitate future fire fighting activities.

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Project Detail
Date:
November 9, 2016
Patent:
2017-38
Category:
Place of Invention:
Ames Research Center