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Location Awareness in a Mountain Rescue Domain

Georgopoulos, Panagiotis (2007) Location Awareness in a Mountain Rescue Domain. Masters thesis, .

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    Abstract

    The notion of location awareness in a Mountain Rescue domain is critical for the mission coordinator of a Mountain Rescue Team who tries to organize the team and make informed decisions for all its members. The knowledge of location of each member of the team while they are on a mission, could be provided by sending GPS coordinates from a device that each rescue worker would carry, to the server of the team located at its headquarters. The physical characteristics of the Mountain Rescue domain along with the unpredictable movement of the rescue workers during a mission prevent the deployment of a fixed network infrastructure to facilitate the transmission of the GPS coordinates and therefore alternative communication options should be defined and utilized. As a result, this project had to define a communication framework with all the viable connectivity options that seem to apply to this domain. Furthermore, an application for the device that the rescue worker will carry that would be able to transmit GPS coordinates by utilizing the defined communication framework was also required. Finally, a server application that would be able to listen for the GPS coordinates sent from the clients was required as well. The focus of this project was on the application developed for the client and its capability to identify the availability of each connectivity option and utilize the best suited one, based on their prioritization defined in the communication framework. The theoretical and practical evaluation of the developed prototype system proves that the outcome of this project satisfied the described proof of concept and successfully met all its requirements.

    Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: GPS ; location awareness ; Mountain Rescue ; mobility ; networks ; Lancaster University ; Computing Department ; Panagiotis Georgopoulos cs_eprint_id ; 2274 cs_uid ; 354
    Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
    Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
    ID Code: 42492
    Deposited By: ep_importer_comp
    Deposited On: 21 Apr 2010 21:59
    Refereed?: No
    Published?: Unpublished
    Last Modified: 27 Jul 2012 02:41
    Identification Number:
    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/42492

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