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OrganisationUniversity of Alicante
Project TitleGeolocation of smartphones without mobile phone coverage
H2020 Topic ListNot specified yet
Role within the Consortium* Project Partner
Type of activity* Technology development
* Research
Project DescriptionEmergency services for citizens continually improve their response times to a request for help. One of the improvements in the time of the response is the speed to communicate to emergency services the exact position of
people seeking help and their status.
The satellite positioning systems allow a citizen to know his position with a smartphone and communicate via mobile telephony with an emergency service (112). However, in major disasters (earthquakes, floods, etc.) frequently telephony services (both mobile and fixed) stop working, but not geo-satellite systems such as Galileo. In these situations, it is vital to know the number of victims who need help and where they are for emergency teams to
act in the most effective manner.
The proposed system improves the effectiveness of emergency services in a situation where mobile systems are
not operating, and it is necessary to know the location and number of disaster victims. The system consists, on the one hand, of an App available for a smartphone that allows the transmission of a Wi-Fi signal which includes the device geolocation (obtained with the GNSS receiver) and a short text message. This signal is transmitted continuously and in the absence of mobile phone service. On the other hand, it has been developed a portable receiver device, with a very low cost and weight, which provides a listing of the location of the devices requesting assistance in the environment receiver coverage.