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Method and System for Intelligently Providing Navigation Assistance in a Campus during Emergency

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243127D
Publication Date: 2015-Sep-16
Document File: 5 page(s) / 198K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for intelligently providing navigation assistance in a campus during emergency.

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Method and System for Intelligently Providing Navigation Assistance in a Campus during Emergency

During emergency situations on a campus, there can be a need to evacuate and alert people regarding the emergency situations. Generally, a global broadcast can cause chaos and lead to other dangers such as, stampede and traffic jams. The global broadcast may also lead to slow down of the resolution of the actual problem.

Disclosed is a method and system for intelligently providing navigation assistance in a campus during emergency. The method and system provides targeted alerts to people in particular zones of the campus. The method and system utilizes capabilities of micro location technologies such as Wi-Fi*, BLE (low energy Bluetooth*) and other location identifying technologies to provide the targeted alerts. Global System for Mobile (GSM), where applicable, can also be used to communicate important messages to people in the campus. The method and system facilitates evacuation by zones which are staged by sending targeted alerts to different locations and buildings in a periodic sequence to provide a systematic evacuation.

Firstly, the method and system creates groups of people within zones and locations of the campus. After creating the groups, a table is created to associate registration of user devices with a system in a campus such as a university system in a university campus. The evacuation is scheduled based on zones and the type of urgency. The zone-specific messages are sent to people in the campus to reduce chaos. A presence zones technology can be used to identify user devices within a campus. The method and system can display messages in a compass application in user devices to provide direction. Alternatively, multiple colored drones can be provided to guide evacuation. A drone color identifier can be messaged to a person so that the person can follow the colored drone in addition to the compass. The system can become an invaluable tool to understand location of people in the campus and communicate to people in the event of a crisis in the campus. In addition, people in the campus can be given the ability to communicate (texting or icon) important and critical information back to a central command. The communication from the people in the campus can help to locate a source of an issue and direct people away from the source.

Consider a scenario, where the method and system is implemented in a university campus. Fig 1 illustrates a network diagram of presence zones in the university campus. Here, presence zones software are deployed on a cloud monitoring l...