New satellite navigation system may save firefighters

“A new tracking system to pinpoint people inside smoked-filled buildings has been developed in a move that should slash the risks faced by firefighters. French aerospace company Thales said on Wednesday its Indoor Positioning System (IPS) was aimed initially at helping fire services, although it could also be used by the police and armed forces. A Thales spokeswoman said the new system was based on a new kind of radio signal, called Ultra Wide Band, designed for very short range and high data-rate links”. Source

One Response to “New satellite navigation system may save firefighters”

  1. mike says:

    I don’t quite understand the link between short-range UWB and GPS – is it using UWB to relay GPS signals to indoor receivers?

    At first glance I though this was based on the UWB imaging technology announced a few years ago, but it seems to be something different.