An Autonomous Long Range Monitoring System for Emergency Operators
Miniaturization and portability of new electronics lead up to wearable devices embedded within garments: a European program called ProeTEX developed multi-purpose sensors integrated within emergency operators' garments in order to monitor their health state and the surrounding environment. This paper deals with the development of an autonomous Long Range communication System (LRS), suitable to transmit data between operators' equipment and the local command post, where remote monitoring software is set up. The LRS infrastructure is based on Wi-Fi protocol and modular architecture. Field tests carried out on the developed prototype showed a high reliability in terms of correctly exchanged data and recovering capabilities in case of temporary disconnection, due to the operator's movements.