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Issue No.04 - October-December (2010 vol.9)

pp: 33-42

Alois Ferscha , University of Linz

Kashif Zia , University of Linz

DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MPRV.2010.83

ABSTRACT

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.

INDEX TERMS

complex systems, crowd modeling, large-scale simulation, wearable computing

CITATION

Alois Ferscha, Kashif Zia, "LifeBelt: Crowd Evacuation Based on Vibro-Tactile Guidance",

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