Emergency responders have a compelling need to understand the physical environment in which they are working: Where are public safety personnel and equipment? What hazards and resources are present in the area? What entry and exit routes are available? PSCR refers to the collection of technologies and systems that gather, store, disseminate, and act on location and located information as Location Based Services (LBS) including: Positioning, Dissemination, Data Security, Integration, and Interoperation, Mapping and Visualization, and Affordable Localization Reference Environments.
The PSIAP funding opportunity sought applications that focused on the development of cost-effective reference measurement systems that can be installed in controlled indoor environments (i.e. testbeds, public safety training facilities, etc.) and used to assess the accuracy of LBS solutions in determining the location and movement of personnel and their equipment progressing within the test environment.