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Title: A user centred design evaluation of the potential benefits of advanced wireless sensor networks for fire-in-tunnel emergency response
Authors: May, Andrew
Mitchell, Val
Piper, John
Keywords: User centred design
Simulation
Tunnel fire
Emergency response
Wireless sensor network
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © Elsevier Ltd.
Citation: MAY, A., MITCHELL, V. and PIPER, J. ... et al., 2014. A user centred design evaluation of the potential benefits of advanced wireless sensor networks for fire-in-tunnel emergency response. Fire Safety Journal, 64, pp. 79 - 88.
Abstract: This study aimed to assess, from an end-user perspective, the potential role of reconfigurable wireless networks in responding to a fire-in-tunnel incident. The study was based on a multi-media, scenario-based simulation of an incident, and assessment of the benefits and drawbacks of the new technology by subject matter experts in relation to their operational goals, with particular emphasis on support for situation awareness. Advanced wireless networks were shown to have considerable potential for improving the effectiveness, efficiency and confidence of emergency responders at various phases in a fire-in-tunnel incident, due to access to more accurate, complete and reliable information. A key requirement was to ensure that new technologies provided the right information, not just more information, at the point of need.
Description: This article was published in the Fire Safety Journal [© Elsevier Ltd.] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.firesaf.2013.11.007
Sponsor: The authors wish to thank the partners in the European Union RUNES project (IST-004536), and the funding contribution made by Kodak European Research.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.firesaf.2013.11.007
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/18869
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.firesaf.2013.11.007
ISSN: 0379-7112
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