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Press Release 13-104

Researchers Reveal Next-Generation Emergency Response Technology

Smart phone apps to be showcased at largest 9-1-1 operators conference

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Innovative, smartphone emergency apps may enhance emergency response, save lives.

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Photo of a person using a stetoscope and a smartphone to transmit vital-sign information

The victim himself, if physically able, can transmit vital-sign information to emergency responders.

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Call 911: Smarter Emergency Response. NSF's Lisa-Joy Zgorski is joined by Ram Dantu of the University of North Texas and Henning Schulzinne of Columbia University and of the Federal Communications Commission who showcase for reporters their new emergency response smartphone apps.

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Demo of new smartphone app that collects and transmits vital sign information--respiratory rate--to aid emergency responders.

Credit: University of North Texas


Demo of new cell phone app that collects and transmits vital sign information--heart rate--to aid emergency responders.

Credit: University of North Texas


Demonstration of new cell phone app that instructs and guides the provider of CPR to a victim before and during its administration. Such guidance is important as successful resuscitation requires adequate oxygen saturation which is a function of the speed and pressure of the compressions. In an emergency situation, even the most highly trained professional would benefit from onsite coaching.

Credit: University of North Texas


Video describing next generation 911 emergency response applications for smartphones. Demonstrations of apps include text to speech, remote media control, vital sign monitors, including breathing sensor and CPR monitor, produced by Dr. Ram Dantu, Director, Network Security Lab, Neeraj Gupta, Ph.D. student and Zachary Morgan, undergraduate research assistant.

Credit: University of North Texas