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Process and Methodology for Using RFID Communications for Locating Individuals by First Responders Disclosure Number: IPCOM000232332D
Publication Date: 2013-Nov-01
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Disclosed is a system that uses the current Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to collect data about individuals within a facility (e.g., school, business, hospital, etc.) and then transmit it to an off-site database where the information can then be accessed by first-responder personnel. In an emergency, this technology assists responders in locating and helping individuals.

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Process and Methodology for Using RFID Communications for Locating Individuals by First Responders

Schools, businesses, medical facilities, and other groups are currently able to keep track of the location of people via Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags attached to identification badges. This concept takes the next step, by replicating that data to an off-site location where emergency responders can gain immediate access to the information in case of natural disaster or terrorist activity.

For example, if an emergency evacuation from a school is needed, having a database inside the school with information on students and faculty that have left the building is not valuable. However, with access to that information, first-responder personnel are able to know that certain people have left and do not need to be searched for or located. This can accelerate communications and reduce risk to first responders who might be unnecessarily looking for a person that is no longer in a building.

The novel system uses the current RFID technology, but then moves the data to a location that allows the analytics (e.g., knowing who is out of the building) to be sent to people that need to know it. Responders can run an application that says "Girl A never came to school today," or "Boy B left the building through the back door when the fire alarm sounded," which is valuable information if someone does not see Girl A or Boy B. If Girl A is trapped somewhere, then the application can also he...