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Vital Analysis: Field Validation of a Framework for Annotating Biological Signals of First Responders in Action

Gomes, P. ; Lopes, B.L. ; Coimbra, M.

Vital Analysis: Field Validation of a Framework for Annotating Biological Signals of First Responders in Action, Proc International Conf. of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society - EMBC, San Diego, United States, Vol. 0, pp. 0 - 0, August, 2012.

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Abstract
First responders are professionals that are exposed
to extreme stress and fatigue during extended periods of time.
That is why it is necessary to research and develop technological
solutions based on wearable sensors that can continuously
monitor the health of these professionals in action, namely
their stress and fatigue levels. In this paper we present the
Vital Analysis smartphone-based framework, integrated into
the broader Vital Responder project, that allows the annotation
and contextualization of the signals collected during real action.
After a contextual study we have implemented and deployed this
framework in a firefighter team with 5 elements, from where
we have collected over 3300 hours of annotations during 174
days, covering 382 different events. Results are analysed and
discussed, validating the framework as a useful and usable tool
for annotating biological signals of first responders in action.