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Purdue program developing tools for first responders

A Purdue program is helping the nation’s first responders solve some of their most pressing problems.

VACCINE works with partner universities to address issues such as gang violence, hazmat response, and disease outbreak.

Director David Ebert says it’s the interdisciplinary approach to research that makes the program so successful.

He says tools developed by VACCINE are designed to help make the collection, dissemination, and interpretation of information more efficient.

Ebert says researchers have helped the Coast Guard improve its search and rescue techniques.

He says they have also created a mobile application that allows law enforcement to take a picture of graffiti using a smart phone and decipher its meaning in real-time.