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Media Advisory 13-010

NSF to Hold Virtual Media Briefing on Next-Generation Emergency Response Technology

At June 11 briefing, researchers will preview, demonstrate and discuss smart phone apps to be unveiled at a major 911 conference

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Photo of a fire engine in motion, responding to 911 call

A smarter response to 911 calls is a life-saver for first responders.

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A smart phone placed on a man's chest to monitor breathing

A caller can place his or her smart phone on a victim's torso and the emergency operator can view the victim's breaths per minute, gauging whether or not the caller should start CPR.

Credit: Logan Widick, University of North Texas

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Photo of man with statoscope and holding a smart phone with app that can monitor vitals

The victim himself, if physically able, can transmit vital-sign information to emergency responders.

Credit: Logan Widick