New Autonomous Robotics Technology from NASA Could Track First Responders

Published by , December 25, 2016 9:08 pm

(PE.com) A new autonomous robotics technology under development at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory could help pinpoint a firefighter’s location in a burning building down to the meter and alert a team commander if the firefighter collapses. Precision Outdoor and Indoor Navigation and Tracking for Emergency Responders, or POINTER, is similar, at least in function, to a highly precise global positioning system, though the technology behind this new invention is something of a breakthrough.
“To this day, the ability to track and locate first responders is a number one priority for disaster agencies across the country,” said Greg Price, DHS First Responder Technologies Division director, in a statement. “It’s truly a Holy Grail capability that doesn’t exist today. If the POINTER project continues along its current path of success, first responders will be safer in the future.”