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Engineers evaluate technologies for emergency response

Engineers evaluate technologies for emergency response

A mock explosive "flash-bang" at Calit2's Atkinson Hall August 22, 2006 signaled the start of a simulated terrorist attack. Approximately 250 law enforcement and public safety personnel went into action at UCSD, including a SWAT team rappelling from a helicopter onto the roof.

The San Diego Metropolitan Medical Strike Team drill, named Operation College Freedom, was an opportunity for Calit2 researchers to evaluate more than a dozen new technologies which they are developing for disaster response. Among the systems tested was the WIISARD project's mass-casualty tracking, triage and medical information management system. The system combines data collection and display devices, database services, and 802.11 wireless communications to produce a consistent, real time view of the disaster scene.

The underlying communications infrastructure for this and other applications was created with CalMesh. Developed by the ResponSphere project at Calit2, CalMesh can be rapidly deployed at the site of a crisis to create a wireless bubble of network and Internet connectivity, restoring the communication fabric crucial to emergency response.