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Publication Citation: Building Information for Emergency Responders

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Author(s): Stephen J. Treado; Alan B. Vinh; David G. Holmberg; Michael A. Galler;
Title: Building Information for Emergency Responders
Published: June 08, 2007
Abstract: This paper describes a methodology for controlling access to building information to approved external entities such as police, fire and public safety officials. Building automation systems frequently monitor critical building information, including the status of alarms, locations of occupants, thermal and air quality conditions that could be extremely useful to emergency responders and incident commanders in the event of a building emergency. Therefore, it is desirable to provide a mechanism to enable public safety officials to access this building information, while at the same time preventing unauthorized access and use of the information. The methodology developed to provide this functionality includes a building information services and control system (BISACS) server, and standardized data modeling of the building automation system (BAS) using enhancements to the BACnet protocol. The description includes the requirements for the underlying information models, components, interfaces and functionality to provide secure remote access to building information to authorized users.
Proceedings: Proceedings for the 11th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics
Location: Orlando, FL
Dates: June 8-11, 2007
Keywords: access control, authentication, buildings, control systems, emergency responders, protocol, security
Research Areas: Building and Fire Research
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