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Standard fire service interface and incident management information system demonstrated. (General Developments).

On April 3, NIST demonstrated the use of a new technology for fire alarm panels in an actual fire incident with the help of the NIST Fire Department. A multi-room test structure was constructed inside the Large Fire Laboratory for a series of full-scale fire experiments. The prototype alarm panel displayed multi-layer web pages viewable by ordinary web browsers which displayed sensor measurements, on-site video, and processed information such as the heat release rate. Text portions of the web pages were accessible by handheld, wireless devices.

Following ignition, fire detectors provided real time data that was verified against physical criteria to assure that the alarm was from an actual fire. The same information was transmitted to a laptop computer fitted with a wireless modem card to enable responding personnel to view and query the system for real time information so they could begin to formulate tactics in route. As the suppression team entered the structure, their position in the structure was monitored and displayed continuously.

CONTACT: Walter Jones, (301) 975-6887; wwj@nist.gov or Richard Bukowski, (301) 975-6853; richard.bukowski@nist.gov.
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Publication:Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2002
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