The operation of modern commercial buildings uses digital
control systems which monitor a vast amount of sensors. These
sensors in turn produce data that is available for building control
but also can be mission-critical for effective emergency response.
First responders can be notified of designated building alerts in
real-time so that actions can be performed promptly. The
capability to monitor building devices and to keep the first
responder community updated with the latest building information
during emergency situations, as well as the ability to remotely
control certain building devices and processes, can be realized.
This paper presents a framework for standards-based
communication of real-time building alerts, via public safety
networks, to 9-1-1 dispatch and into the hands of emergency
responders. This research will assist in the development and
deployment of commercial products with new levels of capability
for situational awareness to help save lives and properties in