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In attempt to save more lives and make emergency response more efficient, more and more AR technologies ard adopted by governments. With augmented reality technology, digital information is overlaid onto a view of the real world via a headset, glasses or smartphone. AR can help first responders get information about the location they are moving through, providing structural layouts and even showing where doorframes and people are in smoke-filled environments. AR helmets and masks can also help with training.
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Currently, first responders’ interactions with mobile devices on the job require finger swiping, Dereck Orr, public safety communications research division chief at NIST – US National Institute of Standards and Technology – told nextgov.com. “And that is not the way we envision public safety interacting with the network in the future.” “You don’t give a firefighter a cellphone that has maps of the building and expect them to walk into a building with their cellphone in their hand — they can’t see it in front of their face and they can’t touch it with a glove. A SWAT team member can’t be interacting with their cellphone either. They have their hands preoccupied with a rifle,” Orr added, according to statetechmagazine.com.
However, the next generation of interaction systems for first responders in public safety missions is going to be through an augmented reality headset. Fire departments in the US are already starting to test out AR helmets and masks to enhance firefighters’ situational awareness.
Earlier this year, NIST launched a contest to attract solutions using AR to improve public safety communications, including IoT aspects. The solutions required by the CHARIoT Challenge will assist first responders in four emergency scenarios: wildfires, floods, active shooter situations and tunnel collapses. NIST says the interfaces are designed to improve decision-making and resource deployment capabilities for public safety personnel.
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