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Mid-America Transportation Center

Real-Time Emergency Communication System for HazMat Incidents (REaCH) - Phase I


University of Nebraska Omaha

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Principal Investigator
Ann Fruhling
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Funding Source(s) and Amounts Provided
USDOT: $140,604
UNO: $74,902
UNMC: $11,318
Total Project Cost
$ 226,824
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Brief Description of Research Project
This research project addresses two issues related to the health of transportation workers and the public in the presence of hazardous materials. They are:
     1. Real-time information on the exposure of hazardous materials to transportation workers and first responders during hazardous material incidents          is lacking.
     2. Currently, the ability to identify and communicate information regarding hazardous material incidents in real time to all stakeholders is limited.

At the end of this five-year project, we will develop a product for a statewide technology system that includes wearable sensor devices, mobile apps and a real-time communication network for all stakeholders that can be used during a hazardous materials incident. The new system is called REaCH - Real-Time Emergency Communication System for HazMat Incidents. The REaCH system will include real-time health monitoring of first responders and transportation workers through wearable devices that monitor exposure to hazardous materials.
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Final Data: Data was not collected during phase I of this project.
Modal Orientation
  • Safety and Human Performance
  • Systems
  • Workforce Development