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Journal of Healthcare Engineering
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 7695045, 12 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/7695045
Research Article

Experimental Simulation-Based Performance Evaluation of an SMS-Based Emergency Geolocation Notification System

1Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria
2Atilim University, Ankara, Turkey
3University of Alcala, Alcalá de Henares, Spain

Correspondence should be addressed to Sanjay Misra

Received 24 November 2016; Revised 11 May 2017; Accepted 20 June 2017; Published 30 August 2017

Academic Editor: Jesús Favela Vara

Copyright © 2017 Isibor Osebor et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

In an emergency, a prompt response can save the lives of victims. This statement generates an imperative issue in emergency medical services (EMS). Designing a system that brings simplicity in locating emergency scenes is a step towards improving response time. This paper therefore implemented and evaluated the performance of an SMS-based emergency geolocation notification system with emphasis on its SMS delivery time and the system’s geolocation and dispatch time. Using the RAS metrics recommended by IEEE for evaluation, the designed system was found to be efficient and effective as its reliability stood within 62.7% to 70.0% while its availability stood at 99% with a downtime of 3.65 days/year.