Real-Time Emergency Communication System for HazMat Incidents (REaCH) - Phase I

This research project addresses two issues related to the health of transportation workers and the public in the presence of hazardous materials. They are: (1) Real-time information on the exposure of hazardous materials to transportation workers and first responders during hazardous material incidents is lacking; and (2) Currently, the ability to identify and communicate information regarding hazardous material incidents in real time to all stakeholders is limited. At the end of this five-year project, the research team will develop a product for a statewide technology system that includes wearable sensor devices, mobile apps and a real-time communication network for all 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 first responders and transportation workers through wearable devices that monitor exposure to hazardous materials. Year one goals include: (1) Define REaCH system requirements; (2) Conduct focus groups with stakeholders; (3) Survey priorities of stakeholders based on feedback; (4) Partner with local hazardous material response teams to identify health monitoring and exposure data needed over a multi-year period for multiple response scenarios. Determine the accuracy level of data needed; (5) A systematic review of the current state of wearables for HazMat protection, current IoV technology, Intelligent Transportation Systems, and current technology used in the field; (6) Identify wearable devices for emergency first responders and transportation workers that will allow capture of the data for real-time diagnostics on hazardous material releases; (7) Identify current real-time IT medical response systems and identify ways of a) integrating and expanding them for multi-agency use, and b) integrating them with the real-time monitoring data; (8) Develop a research design plan to examine and monitor the health of workers responding to hazardous material incidents; and (9) Prepare IRB.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $140604
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Mid-America Transportation Center

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

    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

  • Start Date: 20170601
  • Expected Completion Date: 20181204
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
  • Source Data: RiP Project 91994-10

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01661709
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mid-America Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747107
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Feb 28 2018 4:34PM