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LifeBelt: Crowd Evacuation Based on Vibro-Tactile Guidance
October-December 2010 (vol. 9 no. 4)
pp. 33-42
Alois Ferscha, University of Linz
Kashif Zia, University of Linz
To increase crowd evacuation efficiency in emergency situations, the authors developed a wearable computer, LifeBelt, to guide individuals from emergency situations to escape. The LifeBelt collects position and orientation information about individuals from embedded sensors, shares this information with a background emergency coordination system, receives an individualized optimized escape strategy, and guides the individual via vibro-tactile stimulation, indicating direction and distance to the recommended exit. Simulation models indicate that the number of successful evacuations per unit time improve significantly using the LifeBelt technology.

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Index Terms:
complex systems, crowd modeling, large-scale simulation, wearable computing
Citation:
Alois Ferscha, Kashif Zia, "LifeBelt: Crowd Evacuation Based on Vibro-Tactile Guidance," IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 33-42, Oct.-Dec. 2010, doi:10.1109/MPRV.2010.83
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