Technology has spread its branches in mostly all kinds of industries. In what way it is going to benefit firefighters?
FREMONT, CA: Today, smart technologies like mixed reality, artificial intelligence, or autonomous vehicles are being deployed, something that nobody might have ever imagined a decade ago. As firefighting industries are deploying more of these kinds of technologies, other innovations like big data, biotelemetry, 360 videos, facial recognition software, and more have started to make their way into this field.
The integration of these systems supports the firefighters in streamlining the process, i.e., from pre-planning to emergency alleviation to post-event analysis. However, the adoption of this technology is based on its usability and intuitive interfaces that enable seamless integration into existing operations. For example, an application like Scott Connect Monitor involuntarily collects air management data effortlessly from an incident commander and puts responder information immediately at the IC’s fingertips.
Following is a rundown of some of the technologies that hold the potential to change the way the firefighters perform their jobs.
1. Artificial Intelligence (AI)
In the future, AI will deliver real-time traffic analysis for closest time dispatches, object identification via the vision of the computer, thus warning the inside crews of pending flash-over and backdraft ambiance built on physics-based computational computing.
2. Autonomous vehicles
Air programmable and on the ground automobiles will transport first responders and equipment prior, during, and post-event and minimize human-error caused collisions. These wheeled and winged automobiles will also play a significant part in allocating and transferring data to responders through remote sensing, GPS, and 3D 360 degree imagery capabilities.
3. Facial recognition software
This kind of software is already supporting law enforcement in providing security to the citizens. In the upcoming years, fire and medical personnel will make use of this version of the computer to enable a responder to be aware of an unconscious patient’s identity, blood relation, diagnosis permission, as well as medical history.
4. The Internet of Things and Big data (IoT/BD)
Responders will be equipped with advanced situational awareness programs that will use numerous sets of data along with the IoT and multi-sensor fusion that will have precautionary benefits, both for emergency personal and potential sufferers as well. IoT/BD will remain the focus area where network safety is a known and crucial subject in these emerging platforms.
5. Upgraded biotelemetry
Besides heart rate, biometry will also contribute to delivering knowledge of the lactate levels of a firefighter, which will notify the managers about the working of the interior crews. Combined with present connected supervising of personnel and with air management, advanced biotelemetry will assist in keeping responders securer in the IDLH environment.
6. Augmented, mixed and virtual reality (AR/MxR/VR)
The objective is to provide responder training, citizen education, and emergency response enhancement via these developing platforms. Children will soon learn how to stop, drop, and roll in virtual reality via digital scent and haptic touch. Responders will alleviate genuine as well as imagined emergencies with the help of technology developed for the gaming sector, leveraged for immediate visual awareness in a visually immersive environment.
7. Edge detection, computer vision, and object identification
Numerous systems have been built by people (NASA) as well as private groups that enable firefighters in-facepiece vision, providing contrasted and digitized edge detection further to thermal imaging. These modern systems enable onboard object recognition that will transfer warnings to the oblivious firefighters and advise of the inevitable collapse of roof and floor assemblies.
8. 360 video
These kinds of cameras are utilized below water, in the sky, and from the ground. These cameras hold the potential to educate citizens and responders in many aspects of fire safety and life. They provide visual displays in real-time via social media that enables responders to intellectually comprehend active shooter, flood, fire, and collapse events prior to arrival.
Seeing the above technologies, it is certain that firefighters have a bright future ahead. Scientists are still looking for technologies to enhance firefighters' performance as well as their safety and will continue to do so.