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Fleet Tracking Humans – GPS Evacuation System


In Japan a group of researchers and students are testing a GPS evacuation system. Using GPS technology installed in cellphones, evacuees could determine the best route away from any danger, tracking with their mobile phone.

Areas of fires or collapsed buildings are drawn on the maps as well as routes showing the best routes away from the dangers. You could call this “fleet tracking for humans”.

Meanwhile, the evacuees could check their positions, designated by red dots, on their own mobile phones. Evacuation sites were indicated by blue rectangles on the map. The movements of other evacuees were denoted by green arrows, making it easier to avoid crowded areas. Toru Ishida, professor of socio-information studies at Kyoto University, hopes to improve the accuracy of the system by working with private firms and make the system available for general use.

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