Faculty Advisor

Bitar, Stephen John


Throughout the past few years, hikers have been more at risk at being injured or lost during their visit on the trails of both national and state parks. With the parks being located in an area where there are few to no cellular towers there is no way of communicating to park rangers or other emergency personnel. The goal of the Major Qualifying Project was to design a system that would make hiking safer by providing a way to indicate to park staff that an emergency had occurred. By providing the hikers with a handheld device that when activated will transmit important GPS data to park staff without the use of a designated cellular or wifi network it is ensured that safety is increased for all visitors.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

June 2017


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering