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L-REAC® Airborne Plume Emergency Response System

The US Army seeks a partner to license, finalize, and commercialize an automated, 24/7 emergency response decision aid for hazardous airborne release incidents

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The US Army has developed L-REAC® to provide powerful near-real-time decision-support to first responders facing the release of toxic airborne plumes
The Technology: 

The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has developed, tested, and patented L-REAC® to improve situational awareness of airborne environmental hazards during potentially life-threatening events. L-REAC® maps wind field and toxic plume footprints in near-real-time to provide current situational awareness, and has the potential to include forecast models to facilitate longer-term responses. Outputs include building-scale maps indicating relative health threat levels and wind direction in a localized area, and a larger-scale mapping system to show the plume and weather conditions over a much larger geography. Tabular data on weather conditions is also available. Data are transferred via secure HTML to authorized users and can be readily customized to fit the needs of the specific end users (e.g. first responders, incident commanders, etc.).

L-REAC® can be deployed at permanent installations or as a mobile tool that can be quickly brought to the scene of an incident. The platform is highly modular and customizable—L-REAC® is compatible with commercially available sensor hardware, and various physics and forecasting models can be incorporated into the software, based on specific user needs. Potential applications include chemical spills, industrial fires, CBRN (chemical, biological, radiation, and nuclear) threats, or other situations where it is desirable to track an airborne hazard.

  • Fast & Simple:  L-REAC® can run unattended 24/7 and present graphical and tabular data for a developing situation in near-real-time
  • Flexible:  Modular design makes the system highly configurable in fixed and mobile incarnations based on a variety of commercially available sensor hardware; customizable to implement desired weather forecast and plume models
  • Proven:  Successfully field tested during the Abrams Fire in New Mexico’s Organ Mountains in 2011
The Opportunity: 
  • Published US patent application 2013/0282284 is available for license
  • Potential for collaboration with Army Research Laboratory researchers
  • Additional information can be found in a slide show below