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Portable Signs of Life Identifier

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DHS S and T, through subject matter experts, proprietary commercial datasets, and open-source research sought technology solution options to identify the location of injured, trapped, and deceased victims on the scene of an incident through detection of signs of life. Signs of life may include breathing, blood pressure, body heat, pulse, movement, and/or speech. Often first responders are required to find and extract victims in the aftermath of a disaster, such as an earthquake, fire, or tornado. First responders may also be precluded from observing and accessing victims in the event of hostile threat environments, such as active shooter incidents, mental health emergencies where someone is presenting a weapon, or post-blast situations in which there is uncertainty of secondary devices. In both disaster and hostile situations, first responders must be able to remotely recognize both living and deceased causalities during operations. First responders would benefit greatly from a signs of life indicator that is easily portable in order to identify and execute more efficient responses and consequently increase victim survivability.



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