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In conjunction with the University of Greenwich
Project: Active Dynamic Signage Systems
In an emergency evacuation every second counts. Whatever the situation, from the King's Cross fire to the recent terrorist attack at the Nairobi Westgate shopping centre, people need to find the best route to safety as fast as they can. "While standard emergency signage points the way to an exit, what happens if that's the way danger lies?'" says professor Ed Galea, director, fire safety engineering group (FSEG), University of Greenwich. "And we wanted to know, how can emergency signage best be adapted to react to a fast-changing, hazardous environment?"
The poor performance of standard emergency signage – research by the University of Greenwich's FSEG shows that only 38% of evacuating people actually notice emergency signs – has been extensively researched by the FSEG team, as well as the life-saving potential of "high impact" emergency signage. This was designed to show flashing green arrows within standard a standard emergency exit sign, and a large flashing red cross to indicate a route that should not be taken.
In collaboration with British company Evaclite, the researchers set out to find out whether a more dynamic system could improve the proportion of those who noticed emergency signs when trying to find a place of safety by 50%. An evacuation trial using the new signage system was held at the Greenwich campus. This was followed by an international survey to identify which of several alternative signs showed most clearly that an exit route was no longer safe. The third phase was two full-scale evacuation trials run at a rail station in Barcelona, using first standard signage, and second time round, the new dynamic system.
The results were dramatic: The dynamic system would significantly improve safety in complex buildings. In the first phase of the trial, in Greenwich, the new signage was noticed by 77% of evacuating people, compared to 38% for standard signs. Every person who saw the new sign followed its instructions. Decision making time, critical to a good outcome in an emergency, was cut considerably: those who only saw the standard exit sign were 44% slower in choosing their route out. The international survey demonstrated that the meaning of the large flashing red cross was understood by virtually everyone surveyed. In the third phase, the Barcelona evacuation, the combination of flashing green arrows and flashing red crosses worked highly effectively to evacuate the crowd from the station.
Interest in the system has been received by Evaclite from a number of countries, and the company is currently preparing quotes for installations of the dynamic signs in landmark buildings around the world.
The next phase, says Galea, is to make the signage "intelligent".
"The entire system can be designed to respond to computer-simulated evacuations, taking into account fire and smoke," he explains. "The software uses this information to activate the signage to effect the optimal evacuation, minimising delays, injuries and potential fatalities - doing it in response to real emergency situations is the next challenge, and one that could make an enormous difference to people's outcomes."
This work was undertaken as part of an EU FP7 research project, initiated and led by the university team, called GETAWAY.
EvacLite Receive Visit From Home Office Minister Norman Baker.
MP for Lewes and Home Office Minister Norman Baker (pictured far right) visited the entrepreneurs to hear about the business and their plans for the future. He said: It’s really good to see a local company coming up with a niche innovation that has the potential not only to improve public safety and save lives but also to generate significant export earnings for the UK. The LED exit signs are a great idea and show that sometimes the simple idea is the most effective.
From left: Peter Mills, Barclays Business Manager, Brian Stevens and Bernard Mc Donagh, Co Founders of EvacLite Ltd and Norman Baker MP.
Following the third successful GetAway Evacuation trial at the St Cugat railway station in Barcelona, the trials were filmed by two TV stations, Discovery Channel USA and the Spanish TV network 8 TV.
This TV coverage was aired on the 1st June 2014 by Spanish TV CHANNEL 8. FSEG Director Prof Ed Galea was interviewed at Sant Cugat station Barcelona concerning the completion of the last trials. The trials tested the EvacLite Intelligent Active Dynamic Signage System being developed as part of the GETAWAY project. The filming is in spanish but shows the evacuation of volunteers from the St Cugat Railway Station with comments from Professor Ed Galea in english. The Dynamic Signage is leading people to the safe EXIT to the right of the platform.
The following video was part of the Science Channel programme, "Popular Science's Future of Security", first broadcast on 31/08/09 and interviews Prof Ed Galea of FSEG concerning FSEG work on evacuation modelling. The interview goes on to discuss FSEG work on faster than real time fire and evacuation simulation and how this can be used in conjuntion with EvacLite Intelligent Adaptive Signage Systems to provide people with the optimal evacaution route.
Published on 20 Sep 2014
The Intelligent Active Dynamic Signage System (IADSS) concept developed by FSEG utilising the EVACLITE dynamic signage system was validated in a full-scale experiment conducted at Sant Cugat station in Barcelona as part of the GETAWAY EU FP7 project. Three experiments were conducted and filmed as part of this TV programme called “Daily Planet” which was first broadcast on Canadian Discovery Channel on Wednesday 17 Sept 2014 at 19:00 Eastern Time.