Title: Modelling an emergency vehicle early-warning system using real-time feedback

Authors: Aline Senart, Melanie Bouroche, Vinny Cahill

Addresses: Distributed Systems Group, Department of Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. ' Distributed Systems Group, Department of Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. ' Distributed Systems Group, Department of Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Abstract: Emergency vehicles, while usually equipped with warning devices, are still often impeded by other traffic and involved in numerous collisions. Current research is investigating the use of wireless communication from emergency vehicles to warn other traffic. However, communication in dynamic wireless networks is not reliable. In this paper, we propose a novel emergency vehicle early-warning system that relies on wireless technology to inform other vehicles of the arrival of emergency vehicles, and returns feedback in real-time when communication degrades. We describe how such a system is built with Comhordu, a coordination model for wireless networks.

Keywords: emergency vehicles; warning systems; wireless ad hoc networks; wireless networks; real-time feedback; coordination modelling; early warning; emergency responders; safety.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIIDS.2008.018256

International Journal of Intelligent Information and Database Systems, 2008 Vol.2 No.2, pp.222 - 239

Available online: 13 May 2008 *

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