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New software may help this ambulance in Niteri, Brazil, find the fastest route to its destination.

Although this research was designed for Niterói, Brazil, it “can be customized for other cities with suitable adjustments,” says researcher Daniel de Oliveira.

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Scientists at Brazil's Fluminense Federal University designed a system that calculates the fastest routes for emergency services to respond to calls while factoring in traffic disruptions that may result from climate-related disasters.

The Ironstone system uses software from location technology company TomTom to estimate travel times between emergency teams and calls for assistance.

It analyzes real-time traffic data to avoid streets with heavy traffic and historical data to estimate how much time is needed to respond to a call.

Said Fluminense's Daniel de Oliveira, "We aspire to adapt our solution for other cities, such as Rio de Janeiro, addressing not only emergency responses to climate-related disasters, but also various routing challenges in urban areas. These could include police vehicle routing or fire department vehicle routing, for instance."

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