Sustainability Problem: Real time data on workers, reduce injuries
For first responders information on victims and types of injuries are vital in order to determine the necessary procedures to perform. As a result, speed is vital and decisions are made in seconds. Information is not always readily available to first reconsiders when they arrive to an emergency scene. Every year, thousand of people are misdiagnoses and/or treated incorrectly due to lack of information on the injury and/or the victim’s medical history.
Most smart fabrics are not sustainable because they require electronics and batteries.
Sustainable Technology: Smart fabric
- Researchers at the University of Washington developed a smart fabrics that holds magnetize text that can store small amounts of data readable by a magnetometer.
- The fabric can interact with storage devices without the need for onboard electronics or batteries.
- Individual’s emergency medical history can be stored on the fabric.
- First responders can scan a victim’s clothing to gather vital statistics – e.g., blood pressure, heart rate, allergies, etc.
- This fabric is more sustainable since it doesn’t require any electronics and / or batteries.
- Fabric maintains magnetic field after washing, drying, and ironing.
- Fabric can be encoded with security information to access secure locations (e.g., home, office building, etc.. )
Organizational Stakeholders that Will Use the Technology:
- Researchers at U. of Washington (Justin Chan, graduate student)
- Prof. Shyam Gollakota, U. of Washington
- U. of Washington Networks and Mobile System Lab
First 3 Steps in Deploying the Technology:
- Continue testing fabric and weather proof
- Increase longevity of magnetic field (declines over the course of a week)
- Increase data storage capacity.
The technology mentioned below can be used in natural gas / oil pipelines to monitor leaks. Every year, there are thousand of leaks in gas / oil pipelines. The majority of the leaks go undiscovered for days and/or weeks before discovered.