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Security System Emergency Broadcast Mode For Municipal Disasters Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236596D
Publication Date: 2014-May-05
Document File: 3 page(s) / 25K

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A method and system for security system emergency broadcast mode for municipal disasters is disclosed.

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Security System Emergency Broadcast Mode For Municipal Disasters

Disclosed is a method and system for security system emergency broadcast mode for municipal disasters.

During serious storms, power outages, earthquakes, fires, riots or floods, first responders often have to risk their lives to determine if any civilians are stranded, wounded or trapped in their homes. Even when an area was previously declared an evacuation zone, police and other municipal workers often need to make a house by house inspection and risk their own safety because not all homeowners heed the order to evacuate.

Most household and small business security systems are equipped with wireless communication, motion detectors, smoke detectors, fire detectors, intercoms, video cameras, and battery backup facilities for most of the aforementioned. Normally, these systems, in times of home invasion, fire or other emergencies, send alerts to a central location monitored by a security provider. The security provider, in turn, attempts to contact the homeowner to confirm that an emergency has actually occurred. If the homeowner does not respond in a timely manner with a correct password, the security provider notifies the appropriate local response team of the problem. In periods of severe emergency, the security provider may themselves be affected by the emergency event and may be unable to process homeowner alerts.

Disclosed is a 'broadcast' mode for home security systems, such that security related data is sent directly to a municipal agency (in addition to the security provider) and that agency can assess whether urgent help is required. The security system could be enabled for broadcast mode either directly by the homeowner (e.g. pushing a button) or by a security policy which allows the system to automatically operate in broadcast mode under certain emergency conditions, perhaps initiated by the security provider or the municipality. Utilizing this method, first responders would be able to obtain data from home security systems that would give them insight into conditions in the danger zone and allow them to pinpoint the location of civilians that needed help and to assess the urgency of the problem. The responders could therefore, focus attention on the most dire situations.

Since power outages occur during many serious emergencies like hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc., widespread lack of electrical power often severely hinders rescue operations. In a preferred embodiment for the disclosed system and method, facilities in existing homeowner and small business security systems would allow them to run during a power failure because their battery backup support would make them operational for a period of time following a loss of electrical power . These would include smoke and fire alarms, wireless communication, motion detectors, security cameras, intercoms, and personal alert facilities and especially battery backup.

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