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Research Article

iVital: A Real Time Monitoring System for First Response Teams

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-30422-4_29,
        author={Diogo Teles and M\^{a}rcio Colunas and Jos\^{e} Fernandes and Il\^{\i}dio Oliveira and Jo\"{a}o Cunha},
        title={iVital: A Real Time Monitoring System for First Response Teams},
        proceedings={Smart Objects},
        keywords={First Responders Vital Responder Vital Signs Monitoring Vital Jacket® iPad Android},
  • Diogo Teles
    Márcio Colunas
    José Fernandes
    Ilídio Oliveira
    João Cunha
    Year: 2012
    iVital: A Real Time Monitoring System for First Response Teams
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-30422-4_29
Diogo Teles1,*, Márcio Colunas2,*, José Fernandes,*, Ilídio Oliveira,*, João Cunha,*
  • 1: University of Aveiro
  • 2: Institute of Electronics and Telematics Engineering of Aveiro (IEETA)
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Every day, thousands of first responders work to save the lives of others, sometimes without the adequate surveillance of health conditions. The VitalResponder is a project that aims at monitoring and control teams of first responders in emergency scenarios, using mobile technologies to capture and use real-time data to support real-time coordination. In this paper we present a system to capture, process, and display the vital signs of team members, which are made available to a first responders’ team leader, for coordination and monitoring. The system addresses specific requirements of the field action, such as the mobility of actors, combining two of the most recent mobile technologies: the iPad (for the coordination view) and Android OS-based smartphones (for real-time sensor data acquisition).