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Issue No. 04 - October-December (2010 vol. 9)
ISSN: 1536-1268
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.
complex systems, crowd modeling, large-scale simulation, wearable computing

K. Zia and A. Ferscha, "LifeBelt: Crowd Evacuation Based on Vibro-Tactile Guidance," in IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol. 9, no. , pp. 33-42, 2010.
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