3D tracking can pinpoint locations more accurately than GPS.
The Crisis Technologies Innovation Lab in PTI at IU has been awarded $8 million to help create life-saving technologies for first responders. The lab will host competitions in the pursuit of indoor 3D tracking aimed at locating first responders during emergencies. 3D tracking can pinpoint locations within a few meters, whereas GPS cannot identify what room a person is in nor ascertain elevation in buildings.
Competitors’ innovations will be tested and judged at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Edinburgh, Indiana, which includes 190 structures and more than 1.8 miles of tunnels on 1,000 acres. Entrants with the most success in the most environments will be awarded prize money from the initial $8 million to further develop their technology.