Method to Utilize Display Frames to Observe a Person's Most Recent Location and Display Directional Arrows to Guide Emergency Responders to the Person in Need
Publication Date: 2016-Jul-21
The IP.com Prior Art Database
Disclosed is a method to use video screens to visually display arrows that point to the location of a person in a facility in order to assist first responders locate a person in need during an emergency event.
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'''s Most Recent Location and
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Display Directional Arrows to Guide Emergency Responders to the Person in Need
For first responders in an emergency, seconds matter when trying to find someone in a house or building. Presumably, the first responders are unfamiliar with the layout of the house or building, so finding a person in need of assistance can consume valuable time and put lives in danger. This is particularly the case for people who live alone, may be unconscious, or are otherwise unable to verbally call for help.
A method is needed to assist first responders in more quickly locating and assisting people in a facility in an emergency event.
The novel contribution is a method to use video screens to visually display arrows that point to the location of a person in need of emergency assistance in a monitored facility.
No known solution is a direct alternative to the described visual guide approach. Existing systems can locate a person by some tracking device that is on the person, but none has a collection of screens in an establishment point in the direction of the person.
An alerting system comprises four basic stages:
0. Steady state monitoring
1. Detection: Something goes wrong and triggers a monitoring or alerting system
2. Automated reaction to trigger: Once the system is triggered, automated reactions
3. Manual reaction to alerting: Human response to the automated reaction
The proposed solution exists in Stages 0 and 2 to assist first responders (in stage 3) in locating a person in need. The system uses visual cues to quickly direct first responders in the proper direction.
Figure 1: The system's use, in stages, in reaction to a home fire
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In this description, a display frame is defined as a device capable of displaying an arrow-shaped indicator (i.e., arrow ). Examples include a digital picture frame, a television, a computer monitor, a clock, etc.
The components and implementation steps for the novel solution are:
1. Trigger: multiple methods exist, some of which are known enabling art, including:
A. Person pressing a "medic alert" pendent
B. Person calling an emergency response line (e.g., 911)
C. Person calling out, "Help!"
D. Wearable or implanted device (e.g., monitor, pacemaker, smart watch, etc.) detecting an abnormality or distress E. Outside of the establishment (e.g., a relative that cannot reach the person and is alarmed, invokes the solution)
F. Environmental sensor (e.g., smoke or carbon monoxide detector)
2. Display arrows: provide direction to the person in need
A. Autonomous Mode
i. each frame is self-contained, does not communicate with other frames
ii. frame observes the movement of an object across a field of view; observation can be one of several forms (e.g., radio frequency indicator, infrared heat indicator, etc.)
iii. if the last observed movement is right to left, then the system displays a right...