Fast Response, Safe Transit
Patient and driver safety, and cost control are vital for emergency fleets.
Emergency Vehicle Communication
The Cisco ISR 819 adapts to different machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.
Effective management of emergency response vehicles, whether ambulances, fire trucks, or police cars, is critical to the safety and well-being of citizens. They need to be available to respond 24 hours daily. If emergency vehicles are out of service or canít respond quickly, it can literally be a matter of life or death.
Cisco is deploying highly secure, flexible IP networks and ruggedized routers, switches, and surveillance cameras to help emergency response and public safety vehicles:
- Maintain constant contact with dispatch and fleet managers
- Use GPS to guide them to the scene using the fastest and most direct route
- Use vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication so vehicles can ďtalkĒ to traffic lights, rail crossings, traffic cameras, and roads
- Comply with safety mandates and regulations
- Transmit live telematics data for proactive maintenance of vehicles
Letís take a look at a real life scenario to tie it all together.
An alarm sounds in Engine House 23, alerting firefighters to a factory fire in an industrial park with a potential HazMat (hazardous materials) alert. As they race towards the fire, a rail crossing equipped with a sensor triggers an audio and visual alert in the truck to notify the driver that a train is crossing at an intersection on their route. The fire truck driver quickly diverts the route to maintain response time, saving critical minutes.
As the truck approaches the fire, it receives data from the cloud about the factory, the number of occupants, and location of nearby fire hydrants. Environmental air sensors in the industrial park can send live updates to firefighters to help them assess the area and identify potential dangers.
With many first responders racing to the scene, sensors in nearby traffic lights are triggered to stop traffic safely to create a rapid response without putting drivers in danger. Data is sent wirelessly over the cloud to fire, police, nearby hospitals, and HazMat dispatchers to prepare other first responders and medical personnel.
The dispatch center uses a fleet management system to track location of all vehicles, which are seen as moving dots on an interactive screen. Vehicle sensors monitor oil and tire pressure and fluid levels for proactive maintenance to keep more emergency vehicles in service.
Sensors communicate with mass transit buses so they can alter routes to keep on schedule and minimize traffic near the scene, which helps to protect first responders and passengers..
Technologies continue to evolve, but scenarios like this are becoming more common. Cisco has the technology today to help enable intelligent networking of emergency vehicles and their surroundings.
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