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Paper # 1062 1 Abstract--This project demonstrates the feasibility of using cost-

Summary: Paper # 1062 1
Abstract-- This project demonstrates the feasibility of using cost-
effective, flexible, and scalable sensor networks to address critical
bottlenecks of the emergency response process. For years,
emergency medical service providers conducted patient care by
manually measuring vital signs, documenting assessments on
paper, and communicating over handheld radios. When disasters
occurred, the large numbers of casualties quickly and easily
overwhelmed the responders. Collaboration with EMS and
hospitals in the Baltimore Washington Metropolitan region
prompted us to develop miTag (medical information tag), a cost-
effective wireless sensor platform that automatically track patients
throughout each step of the disaster response process, from disaster
scenes, to ambulances, to hospitals. The miTag is a highly
extensible platform that supports a variety of sensor add-ons - GPS,
pulse oximetry, blood pressure, temperature, ECG - and relays data
over a self-organizing wireless mesh network. Scalability is the
distinguishing characteristic of miTag: its wireless network scales
across a wide range of network densities, from sparse hospital
network deployments to very densely populated mass casualty sites.


Source: Amir, Yair - Department of Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University
Chen, Yiling - School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences