Real-Time Emergency Communication System for HazMat Incidents (REaCH) - Phase IV & V

The primary goal of this project is to create a real-time data gathering and emergency communication system prototype (e.g., integrated dashboard) for HazMat incidents in Nebraska that collects, integrates, and facilitates sharing of information among transportation workers and first responders. This project aligns directly with the Mid-America Transportation Center’s interest in research projects that seek to advance the USDOT’s strategic goals of enhancing safety. At the end of this five-year project, the investigators will develop a prototype for a statewide technology system that includes wearable sensor devices, mobile apps and a real-time communication network for stakeholders that can be used during a hazardous materials incident. The new system is called REaCH - Real-Time Emergency Communication System for HazMat Incidents. The REaCH system will include real-time health monitoring of transportation workers and first responders through wearable devices that capture individual health parameters and exposure to hazardous materials. Individual health data and hazmat exposure data will be transmitted to a dashboard that integrates all of the information for the incident commander to monitor. The incident commander can evaluate if individuals need to be removed from the scene for example, if his or her health status is being compromised, with the goal of minimizing any health-related consequences. The investigators are in the third year of their project. This proposal presents plans for the remainder of the project (years 4 and 5).


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $407,107
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Mid-America Transportation Center

    University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    2200 Vine Street, PO Box 830851
    Lincoln, NE  United States  68583-0851
  • Project Managers:

    Stearns, Amy

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Nebraska Omaha

    6001 Dodge Street
    Omaha, Nebraska  United States  68182

    University of Nebraska Medical Center

    42nd and Emile
    Omaha, Nebraska  United States  68198
  • Principal Investigators:

    Fruhling, Ann

    Yoder, Aaron

    Medcalf, Sharon

    Ghersi, Dario

  • Start Date: 20210101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220630
  • Actual Completion Date: 20230630
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
  • Source Data: RiP Project 91994-91

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01778673
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mid-America Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747107
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2021 2:22PM