Crowd management has been a long-standing life safety challenge for both fire-related and non-fire emergencies in assembly occupancies. The lack of data-informed situational awareness to identify rapid changes in crowd density, movement, and other behaviors presents challenges to crowd managers. Although tramplings, crowd crushes, and other disasters lead to civilian deaths every year, modern technologies can enhance existing crowd management strategies.
This webinar will present a proof-of-concept tool for data-informed crowd management and decision support, highlighting the collection, analysis, visualization, and reporting of crowd movement to inform near real-time crowd management strategies. This research project is led by the Fire Protection Research Foundation and NFPA. Funding for this project is through a U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology Fire Grant.
When: Thursday, November 12, 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Presenters: Victoria Hutchison, Fire Protection Research Foundation
Joseph Gochal, NFPA
Frederick MacDonald, NFPA
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Research Foundation Webinar Series 2020 is supported by: American Wood Council; Edwards Fire & Life Safety; Johnson Controls; Telgian Engineering and Consulting and the Zurich Services Corporation.