IEC Wins DHS Contract for Public-Safety Personnel Locators (1/10)
Wednesday, January 10, 2007 | Comments
Interstate Electronics Corp. (IEC), a wholly owned subsidiary of L-3 Communications, was awarded a preproduction contract for advanced three-dimension (3D) locators by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Advanced Research Project Agency (ARPA). The contract represents an initial step by the agency to provide a solution for accurately identifying the location of emergency response personnel in disaster or emergency situations. The new system locates personnel using integrated GPS indoor navigation technology developed by IEC. Using the locator system, incident commanders are able to see the 3D position of all personnel in the response team, even if they are within buildings and structures. Under the contract, IEC will produce more than four dozen units for test and evaluation. The system incorporates patented networking capability that links individual GPS locators worn by first responders into a network that shares GPS satellite and other navigation information. Thus, if one locator is receiving only one satellite signal, it can share information from other locators receiving additional satellite signals, enabling a precise location to be determined.


 
 
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