Local-Rapid Evaluation of Atmospheric Conditions (L-REAC") System, Volume 4 (System Evaluation)

Report No. ARL-TR-5848
Authors: Gail Vaucher
Date/Pages: December 2011; 70 pages
Abstract: The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has been studying urban environments in response to the increased urban warfare facing the U.S. Armed Forces. In the early 2000s, ARL conducted three progressively more complex urban atmospheric field studies aimed at characterizing the airflow and stability around a small cluster of urban buildings. Three disaster response drills were executed during the final field study. From this experience, the need to link health and safety professionals with timely and relevant atmospheric-environment data came into focus. After surveying available technologies and system implementations, ARL saw a niche for and has constructed an emergency first responder's operational decision aid called the "Local-Rapid Evaluation of Atmospheric Conditions (L-REACTM) System". As part of the technology transfer process, a detailed evaluation of the L-REACTM System was conducted by volunteer and professional emergency first responders. This report documents the evaluation process, results and recommendations. In short, all evaluators independently stated that they would recommend the L-REACTM System for purchase.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: December 1, 2011