NEW SENSOR COULD HELP LOCATE FIREFIGHTERS IN HIGH-RISK SITUATIONS

Mar 01, 2019

By Amber Gero

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This could be an important tool for firefighters here and around the world and it all began in Hamilton.

Researchers at McMaster University have developed a motion-powered fireproof sensor they say can be used to track firefighters and other emergency workers who work in high-risk situations.

The small sensor, which is about the size of a button-cell watch battery, would alert someone outside of the situation if a firefighter or worker were to stop moving.

The device is powered by friction, rather than a battery, which researchers say is important given batteries break down in extreme heat.

The university says the sensor has been successfully tested at temperatures up to 300 Celsius and continued to work.

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