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The current Enhanced 9-1-1 system was created to allow emergency operators the ability to obtain a 9-1-1 caller’s telephone number and location information. This is accomplished by implementing Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs). However this system is limited by design. The Enhanced 9-1-1 system was created to transmit voice media only. This has lead to the planning of a new system called Next Generation 9-1-1 or NG9-1-1. This system is IP-enabled and will allow transmission of voice, text, images, and video by wireless and IP-based devices to local authorities. A prototype of this NG-9-1-1 system was created between Texas A&M and Columbia University in 2008. This prototype, also known as a NG-9-1-1 testbed, showed the feasibility of IP-based emergency calls.

The NG9-1-1 system will be able to handle the new devices that are available and the increasingly mobile public. The challenge currently facing the developers of the NG9-1-1 system is how to locate the proper local authorities and enable them to receive voice, text, images, video and location information. There is also a need to integrate an autonomous mobile platform to Texas A&M University’s NG9-1-1 testbed. The improvements the NG9-1-1 system will provide according to the Research and Innovative Technology Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation are below.

  1. Voice, text, or video communications over IP networks
  2. Advanced data handling and sharing
  3. Geographic location used to automatically route callers
  4. Call congestion control at PSAPs
SLiKK Innovations is designing a hardware and software package that will be used as a proof of concept for the first three of these areas. This device will have GPS (Global Positioning System), GPRS communication, the ability to communicate with the existing 9-1-1 testbed, the ability to send its location and images of an emergency situation to the correct PSAP, and be capable of autonomous search patterns with collision avoidance. The company’s initial implementation of this device will be on the SRV-1 Blackfin robotic platform. This solution will be called Ranger. A base station will be used for centralizing the flow of information from the Ranger. The communication to the PSAP and LoST will be conducted through this base station depending on information it receives from Ranger. The SRV-1 Blackfin is equipped with a camera which will be used for object detection. SLiKK Innovations will be using this camera system to analyze images in search of a predetermined object. Ranger will notify the base station of the object’s location and provide images from the on board camera once the object is found.

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