Currently under development by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL), POINTER is a precision positioning sensor system that locates first responders via low-frequency magnetic fields that can transmit signals through materials including wood, concrete, brick, and rebar.
POINTER should be available to first responders in 2019. This version will be designed for use in single family homes, warehouses, and buildings that are 12 stories or less. Future versions of POINTER will accurately track first responders in high-rise buildings, outdoors, and underground.
|Precision Outdoor and Indoor Navigation and Tracking for Emergency Responders (POINTER) Fact Sheet