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Mobile Data Design and Applications for Emergency Response Vehicles

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Research Projects, Course Development, and Industry Issues

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Systems Engineering

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25.941.1 - 25.941.12

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William Douglas Brown Middle Tennessee State University

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Doug Brown is the Technical Services Manager for the Rutherford County Government in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He is responsible for maintaining the functionality and security of a large wired and wireless network that includes traditional IT systems, as well as emergency responder operations. He is a recipient of the master's of science degree in engineering technology with a minor in computer information system from Middle Tennessee State University. He can be reached via email at

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Saleh M. Sbenaty Middle Tennessee State University

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Saleh M. Sbenaty is currently a professor of engineering technology at Middle Tennessee State University. He received a B.S. degree in E.E. from Damascus University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in E.E. from Tennessee Technological University. He is actively engaged in curriculum development for technology education. He has authored and co-authored several industry-based case studies. He is also conducting research in the area of mass spectrometry, power electronics, lasers, instrumentation, digital forensics, and microcontroller applications. He can be reached at

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Mobile Data Design and Applications for Emergency Response VehiclesAbstractThe need for mobile data in emergency vehicles has become a concern for many organizations sothat workers can be provided with timely information to assist them in producing a quicker andmore effective response in critical situations. With the introduction of rugged grade mobileequipment by enterprise class manufacturers along with the advent of cellular 3G and 4Gnetworks, many types of data can be provided to field workers to help reach this goal. In additionto providing information to the field, other data including patient diagnostic data such aselectrocardiograms (EKG) or global positioning systems (GPS) / automatic vehicle location(AVL) coordinates of the ambulances can be provided. This data can be sent back to a centrallocation to assist in patient triage as well as track workers, vehicles, and equipment in the field.Making this data path securely and readily available in a harsh environment has been tested andimplemented with good results to date. This paper will document the mobile equipment that wasselected and installed in production ambulances as well as the centralized systems that securesand disseminates the data on the backend. Furthermore, examples of the various data outputs willbe provided to demonstrate the functionality of the systems. Finally, possible improvements oraugmentations such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and telemedicine will be discussed toprovide even more mobile functionality to improve the emergency response. The mobilecomponents mentioned above have been installed in 15 ambulances thus far and havesuccessfully worked with little maintenance for several months. The GPS tracking of ambulanceshave become a standard application for the Rutherford County Ambulance Service’s 911Dispatch Center and is in use every day. Additionally, paramedics frequently use the VirtualPrivate Network connections (VPN) for patient medical record retrievals, patient transportdocumentation, and patient billing. Patient EKG 12 lead transmissions are also used on a regularbasis (especially to the Middle Tennessee Medical Center hospital) to treat patients withthrombolytic issues. This applied research project was the work of a graduate student pursuinghis MS degree in Engineering Technology at Middle Tennessee State University. Theeducational experience and benefits will be discussed as well.

Brown, W. D., & Sbenaty, S. M. (2012, June), Mobile Data Design and Applications for Emergency Response Vehicles Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas.

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