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There are four major subsections of the GAISS system:
1. Scene Modeling
- using statistical models and current operational
information to aid the Incident Commander
2. Asset Tracking
- determining the position of
search teams on the ground
3. Scene Data Storage
- managing the received
data from the search, logging and missing
person information
4. Visualisation
- display of operational
information, search area and mapping
A MAP27 communication library, which was developed during the
project, retrieves position information from the radio equipment on
the ground. This can be retrieved asynchronously or synchronously
(polled). Built into the Visualisation subsection an ‘on-the-fly’ co-ordinate
transformation is done to overlay the positions of search teams over Irish
AISS is a proof-of-concept system
that aids in real-time operations
involving geographically-dispersed
teams. The example chosen for
the proof-of-concept is Mountain Rescue,
but it is intended that GAISS can be of use in
other similar areas (utilities companies, event
organisation, etc.).
The GAISS technology makes use of Global
Positioning System (GPS) receivers connected
via low band-width radio data communications
to an Incident Command Post (ICP). At the ICP,
the coordinator can use the GAISS software
for visualisation of a teams progress, and for
planning. To aid in the planning task, the GAISS
software provides, near-real-time location
tracking of teams and other assets. The GAISS
system began its research in October 2006
The prototype GAISS system provides tracking
and logging of search teams locations on the
ground, this can aid in debriefing of them after
each operational period. The asset allocation
module assists in planning of search areas
by using statistical models based on missing
person’s behaviour, coupled with known
attractions and dangers in the search area.
Market Opportunity
Feedback from Search and Rescue organisations
suggests that the GAISS software as a whole
would be of benefit to Search and Rescue
The GAISS technology can be used to aid
officers managing search and rescue operations.
By helping to reduce the amount of information
that needs manual recording and by visualising
the mathematical models used in search theory,
GAISS could shorten the time required to locate
missing persons.
Search managers can optimally allocate the
resources at his or her disposal, and in doing so
increase the effectiveness of the search.
Scientifically, the field of Search Planning is in
favour of the statistical approach taken by GAISS.
The GAISS software represents the state of the
art in computer-aided search planning.
IP Status
All of the IP related to this project has been
protected and is owned by WIT. WIT has a
very progressive approach to licensing of our
IP to commercial entities and we welcome
approaches from interested parties.
For further information relating to this
technology, please contact:
Dr. James O’Sullivan
Technology Transfer Manager,
Waterford Institute of
Ph: +353 (0)51 845 592
& Logging
Search Teams
GAISS Technology Offering