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Building Information for Emergency Responders



Stephen J. Treado, Alan B. Vinh, David G. Holmberg, Michael A. Galler


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 Title
Proceedings for the 11th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics
Conference Dates
June 8-11, 2007
Conference Location
Orlando, FL


access control, authentication, buildings, control systems, emergency responders, protocol, security


Treado, S. , Vinh, A. , Holmberg, D. and Galler, M. (2007), Building Information for Emergency Responders, Proceedings for the 11th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Orlando, FL, [online], (Accessed June 23, 2024)


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Created June 8, 2007, Updated February 19, 2017