SYSTEM CONCEIVED AND DEVELOPED BY AUXITEC TÉCNICA Y CONTROL S.A. (TPF GETINSA EUROESTUDIOS GROUP ) IN COLLABORATION WITH THE SPANISH INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (CDTI).
System conceived and developed by Auxitec Técnica y Control S.A. (TPF GETINSA EUROESTUDIOS Group ) in collaboration with the Spanish Industrial Technology Development Centre (CDTI
Every day, large numbers of people move about enclosed areas, such as office buildings, shopping centres, stadia, leisure facilities, etc., where evacuation of occupants may prove really challenging in the event of an emergency situation.
In Spain, emergency evacuation plans have been implemented in all the buildings the public have access to, such as commercial premises, offices, hotels, restaurants, and transportation facilities. They have been put in place in order to comply with the requirements of the current legislation and applicable building standards. These emergency plans are based on static signage systems, but this type of signage has several drawbacks.
Many people may fail to detect and see static signs in emergency situations, due to the stress they are experiencing during evacuation, congestion on escape routes or the presence of smoke.
Moreover, when an incident occurs on an evacuation route and the exit is no longer available, static signage systems are not effective as an aid to wayfinding, and they may even have adverse effects in such situations.
The system conceived and developed by Auxitec ((TPF GETINSA EUROESTUDIOS Group) does not propose any alterations to the legal framework or safety regulations in force. It offers a solution that, without being invasive over the existing systems (fire protection, fire alarms, control centre…), allows for an effective emergency evacuation.
The GLIS (Guide Light Intelligent System) is able to define and signal, in real time, the shorter and/or safer evacuation routes during an emergency by using its own algorithms. When calculating the best evacuation routes, the system takes into account factors such as the kind of dangerous situation, the total amount and distribution of people in the facility, available and non-available exits, the topology of the facility and people density in conflict areas that are potentially dangerous due to risks of congestion.
The GLIS system constantly monitors the data obtained during an emergency and recalculates evacuation routes, if required. Evacuation routes are signalled using LED light strips so that people can easily locate available evacuation exits. LED devices are also used to guide emergency response teams to the incident location as quickly as possible.
The Department of Automation, Electronics and Electrical Engineering and Industrial Computer Science at the Polytechnic University of Madrid collaborated with Auxitec (TPF GETINSA EUROESTUDIOS Group ) in the development of the GLIS system. Furthermore, the project received funding from the Spanish Center for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Madrid ERDF Operation Plan 2007-2013.